CHINA has said war could be triggered "at any time" in a chilling warning to the West over rising tensions in Taiwan.
Beijing launched into a tirade against the US and its allies after 56 Chinese warplanes crossed into Taiwan's air defence zone on Monday.
Chinese state-run paper The Global Times said the "peaceful atmosphere" on the island had all but disappeared and that pressure from the West had resulted in a "sense of urgency that the war may be triggered at any time".
Tensions between Taipei and Beijing hit a new high yesterday when its leaders urged China to stop "irresponsible provocative actions".
Taiwan's defence ministry scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings after 36 fighter jets, 12 H-6 nuclear-capable bombers and four other planes entered its southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ).
Four more fighters entered the zone at night, bringing the total to 56 planes, the ministry said.
The US State Department accused China of carrying out "provocative military activities" that "undermines regional peace and stability", adding its commitment to Taiwan was "rock solid".
China says war could be ‘triggered at any time’ in chilling warning to the West over Taiwan tensions
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