“The Air Force Command has refuted reports of shooting down Su-35. The information is false and completely untrue. The service strongly condemns this malicious act by deliberately creating and disseminating false information on the Internet in an attempt to confuse the audience,” the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Speculation began after a video of a burning warplane had been disseminated on Twitter, leading many to believe a PLAAF Su-35 had been downed after venturing into Taiwanese airspace.
“The Air Force Command emphasized that in order to maintain airspace security, it will continue to closely monitor the conditions of the sea and airspace around the Taiwan Strait; and provide correct information in a timely manner to prevent the spread of fake and false news, and to avoid social unrest, and appeals to people to rest assured,” the MoD stated. [FULL STORY]