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- The Taiwanese military has reportedly opened fire at a Chinese drone that entered the island nation’s restricted air space over Erdan Island in Lieyu Township, Kinmen County, before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
- “The defense forces issued warnings in accordance with protocol. Because the drone continued to hover over the area, the defense forces opened fire and forced it to leave. The drone flew towards Xiamen at around 6 p.m.,” Kinmen's defense command said in a statement.
- The Tuesday incident marked the first time the Taiwanese military has fired warning shots amid the height of tensions with China.
- However, this was not the first time Taiwan has had to drive a Chinese drone away. On Aug. 27, a video began circulating on Weibo showing a drone close to a military outpost in Lieyu Township.
- Days before that, another drone was spotted over the Lieyu Garrison Battalion on one of the islands of Kinmen on Aug. 16.
The Taiwanese military reportedly opened fire at a Chinese drone that entered a restricted air space just hours after President Tsai Ing-wen gave the order to take “strong countermeasures” against China’s provocations.
Kinmen County’s defense command announced on Tuesday that they had opened fire at the drone after it entered restricted air space over Erdan Island in Lieyu Township, Kinmen County, before 6 p.m.
- The Chinese military sent frigates, bombers and fighter planes near Taiwan during the visit of six U.S. lawmakers to the island state on Friday.
- “This operation is in response to the recent frequent release of wrong signals by the United States on the Taiwan issue,” the People’s Liberation Army said in a statement.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move was “a countermeasure to the recent negative actions of the U.S., including the visit of a delegation of lawmakers to Taiwan.”
- The bipartisan group, led by Sen. Lindsey Graham, met with President Tsai Ing-wen to express support for Taiwan, saying, “To abandon Taiwan would be to abandon democracy and freedom.”
China said it conducted military drills near Taiwan as a response to U.S. lawmakers’ official visit to the island nation on Friday.
The People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said in a statement that the Chinese military sent frigates, bombers and fighter planes to the East China Sea and the area around Taiwan while the U.S. delegation held a news conference in Taipei.
- Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday for a four-day visit involving meetings with public officials and business leaders.
- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen awarded Pompeo with the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon in recognition of his efforts to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan ties.
- Pompeo thanked Tsai and the citizens of Taiwan, describing them as “noble,” “caring,” “loving” and “freedom-demanding” people.
- The U.S. politician and diplomat seemingly referred to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine to highlight the importance of fighting for freedom.
- The Chinese Foreign Ministry recently responded to Pompeo’s visit, calling it “simply shameless and futile.”
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has honored former U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo with a special award in recognition of his efforts to strengthen relations between Washington and Taipei during his tenure under the Trump administration.
Pompeo, who served as secretary of state from April 2018 to January 2021, is in Taiwan for a four-day visit involving meetings with public officials and business leaders. He arrived on Wednesday night, trailing a Biden-appointed delegation that assured the island — which he called a “great nation” to start his visit — of Washington’s commitments as world democracies come under threat.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed the presence of U.S. military trainers on the island during a CNN broadcast on Tuesday.
Taiwan’s increasing military power: President Tsai is the first Taiwan president to confirm the presence of the U.S. military for training purposes in decades, according to CNN.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s meetings with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott during a stopover in Houston has enraged Beijing, urging the U.S. to commit to the “One China” policy.
Ing-wen’s nine-day trip also includes Central America, with stops in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, where she arrived on Monday following a statement from Senator Cruz.