Taiwan reportedly told military pilots again ‘not to fire the first shot’ amid rising tensions with China

South China Morning Post 
Date: August 17, 2020
By: Minnie Chan

Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Fighter launches flares during the 36th Han Kung military exercises in Taichung City, central Taiwan, July 16, 2020. 
AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

  • Taiwanese pilots were told to avoid "misfiring" when sent to repel Chinese fighter jets and "intruding" aircraft, according to local media.
     
  • Observers say it is a message to both Beijing and Washington that Taipei "won't make any provocative moves."

Taiwan's military has reportedly renewed an order to its pilots "not to fire the first shot" amid rising tensions across the strait, according to local media.

Beijing-friendly China Times on Monday reported that the self-ruled island's air force had told its pilots to avoid "misfiring" when they were dispatched to repel fighter jets from the mainland and other aircraft "intruding" into Taiwan's airspace.    [FULL  STORY]

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