Taiwan's military fired warning shots at a Chinese drone as it buzzed a small Taiwanese island on Aug. 30. The incident came shortly after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she ordered "strong countermeasures" against China's ongoing military provocations.
The drone returned to China following the shots, a spokesperson for Taiwan's military said.
Taiwan has never been controlled by the CCP, however, and has been self-governing since 1949. Moreover, its thriving market economy and democratic government make it a key trading partner to numerous Western nations, including the United States, despite the fact that the two do not share formal diplomatic ties.
'Scare Away Some Sparrows'A spokesperson for the command where the incident occurred said that flares were previously used to ward drones off before the live fire occurred on Tuesday.
There was no immediate response from China.
Speaking earlier in the day, Tsai criticized China's communist authorities and condemned the drone incursion as "gray zone" conflict.
"I want to tell everyone that the more the enemy provokes, the more calm we must be," Tsai told naval officers.
"We will not provoke disputes, and we will exercise self-restraint, but it does not mean that we will not counter."
Tsai said that she ordered the ministry of defense to take the "necessary and strong countermeasures" to defend Taiwan's airspace but did not elaborate further.
One naval officer said that the Taiwanese and Chinese forces regularly traded tense radio warnings in which the Chinese attempted to provoke the Taiwanese into opening fire.
Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said he could not give details on how the military would counter the incursions. He did say, however, that Taiwan's military would react on the principle of "self-defense."
CCP authorities previously said that China's drone incursions near Taiwanese islands were nothing "to make a fuss about."
Perhaps responding to that message, Chiu told reporters on Tuesday, "Don't make a fuss then when I set off some firecrackers to scare away some sparrows."