Taiwan has shot down a drone that was off the coast of China for the first time. An unidentified civilian drone had entered Taiwan’s airspace near an islet off the Chinese coast after Taipei vowed to take tough measures to deal with an increase in such intrusions.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own against the objections of the Taipei government, has held military exercises around the island since early last month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by the US House of Representatives speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Taiwan’s government has said it will not provoke or escalate tensions but has been particularly angered recently by repeated cases of Chinese drones buzzing islands controlled by Taiwan close to China’s coast.
The defence command for Kinmen, a group of Taiwan-controlled islands opposite the Chinese cities Xiamen and Quanzhou, said in a statement released by Taiwan’s defence ministry that the drone entered restricted airspace over Lion Islet just after midday local time (0500 BST).
Troops on the islet tried warning it away but to no effect, so shot it down, with the remains landing in the sea, it added.-The Guardian
Taiwan has been getting more aggressive in the aftermath of Pelosi’s visit and increased Chinese military drills.
Once Pelosi left, and the Chinese started military drills, the United States decided to ramp up the tensions by sending more members of the corrupt ruling class to the island nation:
The increasing aggression on both sides could be signaling a coming war, according to a report by The HIll.
China’s regime immediately tried to play down the Wednesday drone incident. Hu Xijin, once editor of the Communist Party’s “Global Times” tabloid and now China’s “most famous propagandist,” maintains the drones buzzing Taiwan islands on Thursday were operated by “mainland civilian drone hobbyists.”
So what happens when Taiwan shoots down a drone that belongs to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)?