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Republic of China Armed Forces

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The Republic of China Armed Forces (Chinese: 中華民國國軍; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Guójūn) encompass the Army, Navy (including the Marine Corps), Air Force and Military Police Force of the Republic of China (ROC). It is a military establishment, which accounted for 16.8% of the central budget in the fiscal year of 2003. It was originally the National Revolutionary Army before being renamed as the Republic of China Armed Forces in 1947 due to the implementation of the Constitution.

Until the 1970s, the military's primary mission was to retake mainland China from the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) through the Project National Glory. The military's current foremost mission is the defense of the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Quemoy and Matsu against a possible military invasion by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China, which is seen as the predominant threat to the ROC in the ongoing dispute over the political status of Taiwan.


  • Active Duty Personnel: 290,000
  • Reserve Personnel: 1,675,000
  • Budget: $14,752,200,000 (2.3% of GDP)
  • President of the Republic of China: Tsai Ing-wen
  • Minister of National Defense: Yen Teh-fa
  • Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces: Admiral Lee Hsi-ming
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