外交部日前搶先發佈美國對台F-16軍售項目新聞,4月17日外交部長吳釗燮又在推特上發文,指日前共機24架實施繞台遠海長航訓練,外界質疑外交部搶國防部業務、越庖代俎。國防部4月18日表示,對此不評論。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu sparked controversy on April 17 for stepping on the feet of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) as he announced the US F-16 arms sales and pointed out that 24 Chinese aircraft recently transited in southern Taiwan. In response to media inquiries, however, the MND declined to comment on April 18.

吳釗燮18日上午在外交部推特署名姓名縮寫「JW」發文,貼出穿著飛行服與路克基地F-16戰機合影的照片,推文上寫著「我們的飛行員是最頂尖,返國後將會展現技巧、捍衛國家安全。」

Joseph Wu posted early in the morning on Twitter: “Thanks @StateDept for notification of the training program at @LukeAFB in Arizona. This is where #Taiwan & #US #F16 top guns are put through their paces. Our pilots are the best of the best & will return home to keep the skies & country safe. JW”

民進黨立委王定宇受訪表示,剛才問過軍方,外交部長公布共軍軍演內容,是經過國安層級討論,因為印太地區盟友夥伴關係正在逐漸形成,這是透過外交部來公佈外交上、政治上的訊息,同一時間日本也在公布訊息。

However, during a local media interview, DPP lawmaker Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) said the decision was jointly made by the two ministries since the alliance in the Indo-Pacific region is gradually forming.

王定宇說,外交部與國防部都代表政府,政府選擇外交部公布訊息,一定有其區域政治意涵,應該去判讀是否在對盟友喊話。

Wang added that the government thought that it would be best for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the official announcements, sending the message to potential regional allies.