China has warned that World War Three could be triggered 'at any time' after it sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan's airspace.
An article in the state-backed Global Times newspaper on Tuesday said that "collusion" between the US and Taiwan was so "audacious" that the situation "has almost lost any room for maneuver, teetering on the edge of a face-off."
It claimed that the people of China were ready to back all-out war with the US, warning the island nation against "playing with fire."
In recent days, nearly 150 warplanes including fighters, nuclear-capable bombers, anti-submarine and electronic warfare planes have violated Taiwan's airspace including 56 planes in a single incident in what has become a dramatic escalation of aggression.
Meanwhile, the hapless Biden says he's 'talked to' Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and he said Xi has agreed to abide by some arrangement no one seems to know anything about, including, apparently, Biden, as tensions have continued to rise between Taipei and Beijing.
"I've spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree...we'll abide by the Taiwan agreement," Biden told reporters at the White House this week.
But, the Daily Mail notes that phone call took place Sept. 9; it isn't clear what agreement he was referring to and besides, it's obvious whatever was discussed made little difference to Xi because he has ratcheted up his aggressiveness towards the island democracy since then.
"It may have been a nod to Washington's long-standing policy under which the US officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the US decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means," the outlet reported.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese aren't backing down. President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Tuesday to "do whatever it takes" to defend the country, as U.S. warships and those from a half-dozen other countries made their presence felt in the region this week.
President Tsai's vow "comes as British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth ('Big Lizzie') was shown sailing in the Philippine Sea in a joint exercise with two US carriers -- the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson -- and Japan's helicopter destroyer JS Ise," the Daily Mail reported.
In reality, the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers are being modified into aircraft carriers capable of operating vertical takeoff-landing F-35Bs from their decks; the modifications are said to be directly related to China's construction of carriers.
Xi "has described the seizure of the self-governed democracy as 'inevitable' and Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on Tsai since she was elected in 2016 on a mandate of an 'independent' Taiwan," the Daily Mail noted.
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