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TAIWAN has been forced to publicly reject claims it shot down a Chinese military jet, after speculation spiralled out of control on social media.
In video footage circulated online, flames and smoke can be seen emanating from the landing site of a Chinese military jet. The jet was claimed to have crashed in Guangxi after flying over the Taiwan Strait. In the video, the pilot is seen to be motionless on a stretcher as members of the public gather around him.
#BrekingNews : #Taiwan air defence system shoots down #China #PLA - Airforce aircraft after intrusion into Taiwanese airspace. pic.twitter.com/Hs0qEOjfQK— ifenewsnetwork.com|🌈News Line IFE📡 (@NewsLineIFE) September 4, 2020
Amid whirling speculation, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has been forced to release a statement denying they were responsible for the crash.
Describing the rumours as a "malicious act", the department described the video as "fake news".
In a statement, the department said: "In response to rumours online that claim a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet had been shot down by Taiwan air defense systems, #ROCAirForce would like to categorically state this is fake news.
"We urge netizens to not spread it and strongly condemn this malicious act."
China has yet to confirm whether a plane crash even happened in the first place, let alone the cause of it.
Tensions between China and Taiwan have soured rapidly in recent months with the autonomous island warning the Chinese airforce has repeatedly violated its airspace.
Located off China's coast, Taiwan is seen as part of the mainland, with the Communist Party vowing to one day reclaim the island.
In order to protect its independence, the US has a defence treaty with the island whereby it well sell arms to the Taiwanese military.
In July, the US State Department approved a surface to air missile deal with Taiwan.
The package will be an upgrade on the current Patriot surface-to-air missile system currently used.
Washington has also increased its naval presence in the South and Eash China Seas.
Two missile destroyer class ships have sailed through the vital Taiwan Strait in the last two weeks.
These exercises have been under the guise of freedom of navigation movements.
China has also threatened nations across the world if they stand with Taiwan.
A Czech delegation travelled to the island on Sunday causing China's foreign Wang Yi to label the trip as a deliberate provocation.
He also claimed the state should "pay a high price for his shortsighted behaviour".
This was later rebuked during a press conference between Wang and his German counterpart, Heiko Mass.
Mr Mass said: "Threats have no place here.
"We treat our international partners with respect and expect them to do precisely the same in return."
In a show of defiance against Beijing, Taiwan's defence ministry released a video showcasing its military arsenal.
The ministry also warned Beijing against encouraging the flames of war.
The ministry said: "Do not treat lightly our resolve to defend Taiwan.
"The most arrogant country can easily provoke a war, and the most ignorant government can be caught in the flames of war.
“In the end it will have the opposite effect, inciting the wrath and antipathy of Taiwan's people, seriously hurting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."
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