Taiwanese authorities have threatened to take down Chinese drones that get too close to their territories after being spotted circling the island of Silver in the South China Sea, a minister said on Wednesday, quoted by the agency. Reuters.
To Parliament, Minister Lee Chung-wei, responsible for the Coast Guard, said that Chinese drones have recently been spotted near the island of Pratas, although they have not flown over the territory.
If a Chinese drone enters its exclusive space, Lee indicated that there are rules in the Coast Guard in case of combat: “After entering [no espaço aéreo taiwanês] the rules will be followed. If necessary to open fire, so we will do ”, he affirmed.
China does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty, but Chinese ships and planes do not enter the exclusive Taiwanese area, which is six kilometers from the coast. The island of Pratas is at the center of a maritime dispute. In recent months, Taiwan has warned of the Chinese Air Force’s more persistent presence near the island.
Since the start of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the island of Pratas assumed greater importance. In October, Hong Kong forced a Taiwanese civilian flight to the island to turn back. The Taiwanese authorities, for their part, intercepted a boat near the island of Pratas where people fleeing Hong Kong to Taiwan were traveling.
Taísa Pagno //