Just yesterday, we here at SOFREP reported on China’s stern warning to the US Navy when they legally passed through the Taiwan Strait. Even though China has multiple warships and fighter jets circling Taiwan, they still claimed that the US was trespassing in their “territory.” For nearly a month now, Taiwan has somewhat accepted that Chinese military exercises near their shorelines could be the “new normal,” they vowed to counterattack if China gets too close. And today, they did. 

Yesterday morning, Taiwan was already on high alert because the Chinese military assets were edging closer and closer to the island. Though they’ve been patient enough to remain calm in the face of this apparent provocation, Taipei was trying its best to keep the status quo. 

They were expecting the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to keep on pushing warships and jets across the median line that divides their waterways, according to the Ministry of National Defense. They are also aided with satellite images that show verifiable proof in case China gets an inch over this line. Last month, Taipei’s defense officials wrote that these drills were already threatening the island’s national security. They’ve increased their military budget and coordinated with other nations for potential support. 

However, these exercises have already created panic within the civilian community and urgency in the face of China’s “psychological warfare” against the people of Taiwan

Chinese drills were happening at least 24 nautical miles away from Taiwan’s coast, but a harsh wind could be all it takes to accidentally push their warships beyond the median line. 

Then, around midnight (Eastern Timezone), Taiwan finally located a “civilian drone” that crossed their waters. Taiwanese troops had shot down a drone near Kinmen Island “after attempts to repel it failed,” according to a statement from the garrison on the Taipei-held outpost. 

Taiwanese Military. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/國防部軍事新聞通訊社)

This came after Taiwan fired warning shots last Tuesday and Wednesday when civilian drones started to approach their offshore islands. This is Taiwan setting their foot down and telling China that they will be ready to defend their freedom if China pushes for an aggressive approach over their sovereignty. 

In a speech last Tuesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged the nation’s military to develop a strong campaign that will not, hopefully, result in a direct confrontation.