Just weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poked the dragon by visiting Taiwan, we have shots fired between the two sides.
China does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty, and has spent the last several decades threatening any nation who dares to suggest otherwise. Having Pelosi touch down in Taipei was a serious slap in the face, and China almost immediately sent their naval might to encircle the island nation and begin heavy-duty military drills.
This week, Taiwanese military personnel were forced to fire at a Chinese aircraft, marking a rather troubling turn of events.
Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone that buzzed an offshore islet on Tuesday shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen said she had ordered Taiwan’s military to take “strong countermeasures” against what she termed Chinese provocations.
It was the first time warning shots have been fired in such an incident amid a period of heightened tension between China and Taiwan, which Beijing views as its own territory. Taiwan strongly disputes China’s sovereignty claims.
Taiwan did not strike the drone.
The drone headed back to China after the shots were fired, a military spokesman said.
China has yet to respond to the incident, but given the belligerence that we’ve experienced from Beijing in recent weeks, it would be surprising if it stays that way.