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Taiwan Vows to “Open Fire” on Chinese Drones Swarming Its Islands

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Taiwan and China have heated relations and have had for a long time but since Joe Biden came on the scene China is bolder and is even sending drones over the country of Taiwan.   In response, Taiwan says they are going to shoot down the drones.

The American Military News reported a couple of days ago:

Taiwan said Wednesday that it is willing to shoot down Chinese drones that have been flying near Taiwan-occupied Pratas Island in the South China Sea, a response to what analysts view as the latest pressure tactic from Beijing.

Ocean Affairs Council Chair Lee Chung-wei told Taiwan’s legislature that the Taiwanese coastguard had recently identified Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating near Pratas, which sits about 170 nautical miles to the southeast of Hong Kong in the northern part of the South China Sea.

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Lee indicated that Taiwanese forces would open fire on UAVs that fly over the island, which is also claimed by the People’s Republic of China.

“If we need to open fire, we will open fire,” Lee said, noting that the drones have thus far only circled Pratas and that similar activity has not been observed near Itu Aba — Taiwan’s base in the Spratly Islands which lie further south.

It was reported that 20 China aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ in one day:

The Ministry of National Defense reported a record 20 PLA aircraft entering Taiwan’s ADIZ on March 26.

Jessica Drun, a non-resident fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, told RFA that “these gray zone activities are an attempt to wear down Taiwan psychologically and from a resource perspective.”

“This is happening against the backdrop of ever-deepening U.S.-Taiwan ties, a domestic population in Taiwan that has more or less rejected China’s framework for cross-Strait relations, and an increasingly assertive Beijing the world over,” Drun said.

Although Taiwan is a self-governing democracy, Beijing claims Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if it deems necessary.

We saw that as soon as Biden took power the Chinese began swinging their power: