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Taiwan fires missiles at Chinese drones

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The Taiwanese army detected Chinese drones over the Kinmen archipelago, which the island’s authorities consider their own, and several warning flares were fired at the drone. This was announced on August 4 by Taiwanese Major General Chang Zong Sun of the Army Archipelago Defense Command.

“We immediately fired flares to warn and drive them away. After that, they turned around. They entered our restricted area, so we dispersed them. We have a standard operating procedure. We will respond if they appear, ”Reuters quotes him.

According to the major general, the level of danger remains low. He noted that the drones were intended to collect intelligence on the deployment of Taiwan’s security forces.

The Kinmen Archipelago is administered by Taiwan but is located adjacent to Chinese-controlled territory.

Earlier in the day, China Central Television reported that Chinese troops had begun large-scale live-fire exercises around Taiwan. They became a response to the visit to the island of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi and will last until August 7.

The Chinese side issued warnings for ships and aircraft not to enter the water area and airspace in areas where maneuvers are taking place.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense, in turn, condemned the Chinese exercises near the island and called their goal “psychological intimidation of citizens.” The department said that China allegedly violated UN rules and Taiwan would resist any intrusion into its territory.

Pelosi arrived on the island on August 2. She officially described her visit to Taiwan as “a testament to the US commitment to supporting Taiwanese democracy.” Pelosi’s visit was the first official visit to Taiwan by a speaker of the US House of Representatives in 25 years.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in turn, summoned US Ambassador Nicholas Burns. He was protested in connection with the visit of Pelosi to Taipei.

Taiwan is part of China, but has been living as an independent state for many decades. The United States claims that it does not dispute the ownership of the island by China, but at the same time, it provides support to the Taiwanese authorities, including the supply of weapons.

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