Taiwan shot down a drone over one of her remote islands, for the first time on Thursday, as well Taipei is starting to respond more forcefully in an ongoing Chinese military pressure campaign.
Taiwan’s military announced that an unidentified commercial drone equipped with cameras invaded the airspace over a islet which is controlled by Taiwan and it is less than four kilometers from Chinese territory.
Taiwan’s defense ministry declined to say whether the drone was Chinese.
The military administration of Kinmen, a group of Taiwanese-controlled islands near the Chinese cities of Xiamen and Guangzhou, announced that the drone had entered restricted airspace. The forces on the islet tried to chase it to no avail and then shot it down.
Taiwan had fired warning shots at a drone for the first time on Tuesday, shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen warned of “strong countermeasures” against what he characterized as Chinese challenges.
The crackdown on drones comes as Taiwan tries to show greater resolve to prevent Chinese aircraft and warships from flying and sailing closer to its territory.
These Chinese activities have continued since Beijing conducted an unprecedented week-long military drills in response to a visit to Taipei by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiin August.