Taiwan shoots down a Chinese drone for the first time

The Army of Taiwan first shot down an unidentified civilian drone which entered their airspace near an islet off the coast of China on Thursday, after the government promised to take tough action to tackle a rise in such intrusions.

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own over strong objections from the Taipei government, has carried out military exercises around the island since the beginning of last month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

The Taiwanese government has stated that it will not provoke or escalate tensions, but se has been particularly angry in recent times over repeated instances of Chinese drones that buzz on islands controlled by Taiwan near the Chinese coast.

The Kinmen Defense Command, a group of islands controlled by Taiwan versus Chinese cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou, said in a statement released by the Taiwan Defense Ministry that the drone entered the restricted airspace over the Lion Islet just after noon (local time).


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