Taiwan’s military has fired at a Chinese drone on an island controlled by Taiwan off the coast of China. And through this, Beijing has been given a ‘warning message’, Taipei said.
According to The Guardian, on Tuesday (August 30), Taiwan’s president ordered the military to “take strong countermeasures” against any provocative behavior by China.
Tensions between China and Taiwan are now at a peak following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other top US officials to Taipei earlier this month. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Taiwan’s military shot down a Chinese drone on Taiwan-controlled Erdan Island off the coast of China.
Taipei says this is a warning to Beijing. This is the first time Taiwan has taken countermeasures against any of China’s activities.
For several days, Taipei has been complaining of Chinese unmanned drones flying too close to several small islands under Taiwan’s control off the coast of China.
On Tuesday morning, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited the armed forces in the Penghu Islands. In a speech there, he criticized China’s “war activities”.
Meanwhile, China has not yet responded to the shooting of the drone. However, on Monday (August 29), China’s Foreign Ministry denied Taiwan’s drone allegations and said that Taipei was trying to “engage in the dispute”