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Officials deny military drill anticipates possible pan-blue protest after 2008 poll

The National Security Council (國家安全會議) and Ministry of National Defense yesterday both denied media reports that the "Yu Shan military drill" yesterday morning simulated a scenario in which pan-blue supporters would protest in Taipei City if the Kuomintang candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) lost the 2008 presidential election.
The Chinese-language China Times reported yesterday that the exercise was aimed at putting down unrest among pan-blue supporters should they prove unwilling to accept the results of the election and attempt to encircle and seize the presidential office or threaten to assassinate President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and newly elected administration officials at the time.
The newspaper report claimed that the second day of the "Yu Shan 07" drill included two main stages, ten assumptions, and nearly 200 simulated situations.
However, the NSC issued a statement later in the day, denying all the details reported in China Times. The NSC said that the entire report had been fabricated and expressed regret that other media had taken up the false news. The NSC urged the media to be more scrupulous in its behavior and its reporting for the sake of public order and national security.
The NSC said the drill was held to simulate a situation in which major political and economic changes occurred in China, which could lead the Beijing government to launch a swift attack on Taiwan. The drill had nothing to do with any domestic political issue or the 2008 presidential election, the NSC stressed.
"With a secondary role in the drill, MND did not construct any scenario neither did it receive any instructions relating to the 2008 presidential election from the primary agency, the NSC," said MND Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning Lieutenant General Chiu Kuo-cheng, at a press conference yesterday.
According to the NSC, President Chen led and closed the second day of Yu Shan military drill yesterday. Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and other government prominent officials also participated in the drill, the NSC said.
The president said national security should be a shared responsibility of the military, the MND and every government agency.
"Only through careful planning in peacetime can we prepare ourselves well for war," he said.


Updated : 2021-10-19 23:56 GMT+08:00