Taiwan Fires Warning Shots as Chinese Drones Approach Kinmen Islands

Aug. 30, 2022 - The incident comes after weeks of escalating tensions between Beijing and Taipei in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial visit to the island on August 2. The Taiwanese military fired warning shots near Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles operating near the Kinmen Islands on Tuesday, Taiwan's Defense Ministry has indicated. "The Army's Kinmen Defense Command stated that from 4:23 pm today, three batches and three sorties of drones were discovered over Dadan, Erdan and Shiyu," the MoD said in a press statement.

Chinese officials have yet to comment on the incident. he Kinmen Islands are situated less than 5 km from the coast of mainland China, next to the city of Xiamen. They are one of the few territories near the mainland which remained under Taipei's control after communist forces defeated the nationalists in the final phase of the Chinese Civil War of 1945-1949 and forced them to flee to Taiwan. SputnikNews