Taiwan has not noticed any surveillance balloons from China in its neighborhood, the island’s defence ministry mentioned on Tuesday, as a dispute between China and the US over spy balloons triggers worries about rising navy tensions.
The US navy on Feb. 4 shot down what it known as a Chinese language spy balloon over South Carolina.
China mentioned the balloon was a civilian analysis craft that had mistakenly blown astray and on Monday it accused the US of sending its spy balloons over China. The USA denied that.
A Taiwan navy intelligence officer mentioned the armed forces had not seen any surveillance balloons from China close to the island that have been just like the one shot down over the US.
“The vast majority of the balloons close to our waters have been used for meteorological functions,” the officer, Main Basic Huang Wen-chi, advised an everyday briefing in Taipei, including that the climate balloons posed no severe safety risk.
He mentioned the navy would destroy any balloon approaching Taiwan’s territory that posed “excessive safety threats” however no such motion had been mandatory.
The balloons detected close to Taiwan has no steering functionality and thus they have been unlikely for use for surveillance functions, he added.
Beijing claims self-ruled Taiwan as its territory and has ramped up its navy actions close to the island lately, elevating fears Beijing would possibly attempt to take management of the it by power.
Taiwan vows to defend itself if attacked, saying Beijing’s sovereignty claims are void because the Folks’s Republic of China has by no means ruled the island.
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