Fears for a devastating WW3 have been sparked after the foreign minister for Taiwan claimed China is “preparing for war” and said his island is bracing itself for a future conflict.
Joseph Wu said Beijing has been trying to “cut off” Taiwan from the globe with international pressure and military action.
China wants to reunite Taiwan with its mainland because it sees it as a breakaway province, the Daily Express reports.
The country has been increasing military drills and has been seen as using aggressive tactics to pressure the island.
Mr Wu said: “I think Beijing has been preparing for war against Taiwan, and that is what we have been seeing. They are preparing for it.
“If you look at the of number attacks from troops, it’s around 2,900 times last year. So, the threat has been increasing.
He told the BBC that China is forcing other countries to not have official contact with Taiwan, accusing Beijing of wanting his island out of the World Health Organisation.
Reports say Chinese jets have carried out brief invasions in Taiwanese areas most days and on March 26, 20 military aircraft went into their territory.
The top official added: “They use cyberattack, disinformation, and something similar to disrupt the democratic process here in Taiwan, to create a conflict in between the government and the society, or to create a distrust between Taiwan and our major ally, which is the United States.”
It comes after The Global Times, a Chinese tabloid paper controlled by the state, threatened Australia for supporting Taiwan.
The media outlet said its forces would be “first hit” and wrote: “The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) doesn’t need to make pointed responses to the joint drill since it’s insignificant militarily.”
Aussies and pals France, Japan and the US joined for the nation’s first-ever training drill together in the East China Sea as part of ongoing war game exercises.