Recently, China’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) frequently infiltrated Taiwan’s small islands, flying near the Kinmen military barracks to take pictures and videos. A few days ago, the UAV even threw salted eggs and mustard on Kinmen, Taiwanese experts and veteran figures in the media reported.

In addition, according to the Voice of America (VOA), military experts believe that Taiwan should strongly oppose the CCP’s “gray zone” tactics (tension acts but below war level) and stop the provocative actions. They suggest using an “asymmetrical thinking” approach or launching a technology war to counter the CCP’s arrogance and show Taiwan’s strength.

Mainland UAV throws mustard and salted eggs on Kinmen

On September 2, a Chinese UAV threw salted eggs and mustard over Kinmen. A mainland netizen with the account “Captain Quanzhou” posted a video on Weibo with the content “sending love to compatriots” and claimed that the gift was dropped on the military barracks, not the beach.

In this 1-minute and 21-second video, “Captain Quanzhou” is assembling a UAV on a seaside road, and putting a salted egg and a pack of Fuling mustard into a cut plastic bottle.

He also stuffed a handwritten letter into the bottle, claiming it was “the most sincere gift.” At the end of the video, a UAV took off with the plastic bottle and a red plastic bag flying toward Kinmen.

The “Captain Quanzhou” video has disappeared from Weibo, and there are no related videos on mainland websites, only some photos remain.

However, Taiwanese netizens retweeted the video on Twitter and Facebook.

According to TVBS, on the evening of September 2, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense announced that the Kinmen Self-Defense Force patrolling near sea areas in Guishan in the afternoon discovered food wrapped in garbage bags suspected to have been dropped by an unidentified UAV. 

In the photo released by the Ministry of Defense, there is a red plastic bag with salted eggs, a bag of mustard, and a ballpoint pen contained in a plastic bottle.

The press release also said that the garrison had informed the entire barracks and continued to increase vigilance and search. Regarding the continuous provocation and harassment by the UAV in the land areas, even endangering the safety of the military and civilians by throwing objects, the Taiwan Self-Defense Force will carry out necessary and strong countermeasures according to the principle of self-defense.

Taiwanese experts and veteran media people warn

Taiwanese military expert Shu Xiaohuang warned on Taiwanese media channel TVBS, The Epoch Times quoted as saying, “In the future, they may also throw other things, possibly leaflets, or other items with political purpose such as causing cognitive warfare, or throwing down combat weapons.”

“The threat posed by UAVs cannot be ruled out,” Shu warned. “If they carry explosives, it is more likely to harm frontline officers and soldiers, we must be vigilant.”

Taiwanese media reported that Chinese UAVs dropped mustard and salted eggs on Fuling, mainly to mock the “Tea egg accident” in 2011 and the “Fuling mustard accident” in 2019. These two incidents stemmed from a Taiwan current affairs program, which mentioned that mainlanders could not afford to buy tea eggs or mustard.

However, Huang Wei Han, a veteran expert in the Taiwanese media, said on Facebook, “On the surface, it’s a mockery of the ‘Tea Egg Accident’ and the ‘Mustard Incident’ in Taiwan. However, mustard and ‘salted egg’ are thrown together, the provocative connotation is clear.”

Expert: Strong countermeasures should be taken against indiscriminate provocations

The CCP’s “gray zone” tactics against Taiwan are emerging, and UAVs are regularly entering the airspace of Taiwan’s remote islands. Taiwan military experts suggested that the CCP’s aggressive actions should be strongly opposed and they have to stop the repeated provocations.

Liao Hongxiang, a former honorary lecturer at the Taiwan War College, told VOA that when mainland UAVs enter Taiwan’s airspace, besides recording videos, they also post videos on Weibo to show off their skills, Taiwanese soldiers did not take respond with tough measures.

Liao said, “The UAVs have to be shot down. No more debate. Once it reaches our airspace, it has to be shot down. The military doesn’t dare shoot these UAVs or they can’t shoot them down. What will the Taiwanese think of their National Defense Force? Will they still have faith in the national army?”

Taiwanese military writer Yu Canghe argued that any UAVs that break into Taiwan’s military bases or base restricted areas should be dealt with directly with tough measures. There is concern that the first attack will break out and even lead to a more serious conflict. Therefore, it was not until Taiwan’s public opinion stirred up that people saw that we needed to amend the relevant contract regulations.

Yu suggested that to solve the problem of UAVs infiltrating Taiwan’s small islands without triggering armed conflict, the Taiwanese military could use “asymmetrical thinking.” Namely, let the military retreat to the second line, and send the police to the front line to deal with the UAVs that have broken into island barracks or prohibited airspace.

However, Lu Li-shih (呂禮詩) a former captain of the corvette Xinjiang in the Taiwan Navy, said in an interview with VOA that there are a lot of fishing and commercial ships going between Kinmen and Xiamen.

He suggested that in the face of the new threat of mainland Chinese UAVs infringing on Taiwan’s airspace, could use a “soft kill” electronic jamming system, and use other technological warfare methods to fight back.

Lu said that if the Taiwan Telecommunications Force could infiltrate the servers of DJI (A Chinese technology corporation) and establish a geographical boundary (geo-fence), turning remote islands like Kinmen and Matsu to a restricted area, this would not only temporarily solve the conundrum of outposts facing UAVs, but also demonstrate Taiwan’s ability in science and technology warfare.

Liao said that high-energy microwaves are also a weapon that can effectively deal with UAVs. The U.S. military is working with civilians to test related technologies, which can combine UAVs within a certain range and can disorient the UAVs, suitable for dealing within a certain range of the fleet.

The high-energy microwave bomb is also an option. It is a new type of directed energy weapon using a high-energy beam that is launched and propagated in a certain direction to strike a target, also known as the “Electro-Magnetic Pulse Weapon.”

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