On Tuesday Taiwan's military fired warning shots at a Chinese drone that flew around an island controlled by Taiwan off the Chinese coast, a military spokesperson confirmed.
A spokesperson for the Taiwanese military confirmed that they had fired warning shots at a Chinese drone that was flying around an islet controlled by Taiwan just off the Chinese coast on Tuesday. The spokesperson said that the drone headed back to China after the shots were fired. This marks the first time warning shots have been fired in such an incident and has caused concern of potential escalation between the two nations.
Taiwan has complained about Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to small groups of islands under their control near China's coast, most recently the Kinmen Islands.
At their closest point, the Kinmen Islands are just a few hundred metres from Chinese territory, opposite China's Xiamen and Quanzhou cities.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, the Taiwanese defence minister, said he could not give specific details on what they intended to do to counter the incursions, but stated that the military would react based on the principle of "self defence".
He added: "Don't make a fuss when I set off some firecrackers to scare away some sparrows."