Taiwan shoots down ‘unidentified drone’ — Analysis
The island’s premier strongly implied the drone was Chinese and said Taipei took the ‘appropriate’ response
Taiwan claimed that it was forced by Beijing to down a drone flying over the Chinese coast and Taipei island.
Premier Su Tseng Chang spoke out about the drone incident in a press conference on Friday. She said an unidentified person was involved. “civilian” UAV entered Taiwan’s airspace the day prior and was shot down by the military.
“They repeatedly ignored our warnings to leave and we had no choice but to exercise self-defense and shoot. This is the most appropriate reaction,”He said that China must be restrained.
However, Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office was quick to reject Su’s statement, saying the island’s attempt to “hype up confrontation between the two sides is extremely ridiculous.”
Although the exact source of the drone’s origin is unknown, the Taiwanese military claimed it was shot upon entering restricted airspace close to the Lion island, which lies just 3 miles (4.8 km) east of China coast. According to Taipei, the vehicle crashed into seawater after being shot.
On Tuesday, a similar incident happened near Erdan. Taiwanese troops fired warning shots live at an occupant of the building. “batch”drones entered the region. Another encounter occurred in August when Taiwan fired flares at Chinese UAVs above the Kinmen Islands.
In the midst of rising tensions between Taiwan and China, Taiwan is considered part of China’s territory. The anger of Beijing was sparked by Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taipei as US House Speaker.
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