WW3 fears as China vows to fire on any US troops sent to rescue Taiwan

China made its intentions clear when the country's state media said that their troops will "fire on" any US soldiers sent to "defend Taiwan at all costs," as the communist country flies planes around the island's airspace.

On Friday, China sent six J-16 fighters, two J-10 fighters, two H-6 bombers, one Y-8 spy plane, one Y-8 anti-submarine plane, and one KJ-500 spy plane to menace Taiwan's airspace, sparking fears of an invasion.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan vowed that Washington will 'never allow' a Chinese invasion to take place, inciting the ire of The Global Times newspaper, a mouthpiece for China's Communist rulers.

"Nobody believes the US has the true will to defend Taiwan at all costs," the Global Times wrote, adding that: "The US is far away from 'defending Taiwan' at the cost of a deadly war."

"The US mainly provides military support to Taiwan by selling weapons," the piece went on. "Those weapons are generally destined to be destroyed by the People's Liberation Army as soon as the reunification by force takes place.

"It is credible that the PLA will heavily attack US troops who come to Taiwan's rescue. Such credibility is increasingly overwhelming the deterrence that US troops have."

Tension between Taiwan and China has reached boiling point amid warnings a full scale invasion could take place by 2025.

On October 10, Taiwan celebrated its National Day, just as it has done on the 10th day of the 10th month every year for the last 110 years to commemorate the Wuchang uprising which brought an end to the final imperial dynasty.

The paper said the US involvement in the "Taiwan issue" will only worsen the situation.

"If the US continues to regard the Taiwan island as a pawn to contain the Chinese mainland and send wrong signals to the [government], then the situation will keep on worsening," it said.

"Resolving the Taiwan question by force will become the inevitable and only choice for the Chinese mainland."

The self-ruled island of Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China (ROC), that exists today formed in 1949 when the government that once ruled the entire nation fled there following the Civil War with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which now rules over the neighbouring mainland, or People's Republic of China (PRC).

Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed to reunify the island, by force if necessary, in a speech in 2019.

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