Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during a visit to the Penghu Islands, August 30, 2022.
Taipei and Beijing have had heated exchanges over a recent series of Chinese drone incursions over Taiwan's Kinmen Islands, with Taiwan's President promising “strong countermeasures” on Tuesday.
Photos and videos taken by these drones of this archipelago, located a few kilometers from the Chinese city of Xiamen, have circulated on Chinese and Taiwanese social networks.
One of the videos shows Taiwanese soldiers throwing stones at one of them in an attempt to drive him away.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has claimed on Tuesday that China had used a gray area tactic, such as the drone incursion, to continue its military intimidation of Taiwan.
I want to tell everyone that the more the enemy provokes, the calmer we must be […]. We are not going to provoke a war and we are observing restraint, but that does not mean that we will not take countermeasures, she said during a visit from a air force unit on the Penghu Islands.
She announced that she had requested the Ministry of Defense to take the firm and necessary countermeasures to the appropriate time to defend the security of our airspace.
Asked about these videos taken by the drones, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that it is not a case that deserves to be investigated. to be blown out of proportion, as drones fly around Chinese territory.
This response sparked the ire of Taipei, which compared such drone harassment to the behavior of ;a thief.
Those who come uninvited are called thieves, whether they force the door or spy from the air, the people of Taiwan do not welcome such thieves, the ministry said. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement late Monday.
“The authoritarian expansionist government of the Communist Party of China has always made harassment from other countries a daily routine, and his title of ''regional troublemaker'' is therefore well deserved.
—Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan lives under the constant threat of an invasion from Beijing, which sees the island as part of its territory to be reconquered one day, and if necessary by force.
Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have reached their highest level in years, following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early August to the self-governing island.
For a week, China retaliated with military maneuvers on land and at sea unprecedented since the mid-1990s, including the overflight of the Knimen Islands by drones.
< p class="e-p">Who is flying these drones from mainland China has not been clearly established.
So far, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense contented himself with firing flares at these drones, but warned that he would take necessary countermeasures, including shooting it down ge drones if necessary.