'This means war!' China sends chilling threat to Taiwan over US weapons deal

CHINESE state media has called for warplanes to "fly over the island of Taiwan" and declared any retaliation from the Taiwanese government "means war."

PUBLISHED: 22:58, Wed, Oct 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:58, Wed, Oct 28, 2020

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The ultra-nationalist Global Times demanded action after the US approved a further £1.85bn in potential arms sales to Taiwan. Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that it has vowed to "reunite" with the mainland, by force if necessary.

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The fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army must fly over the island of Taiwan

Hu Xijin

Global Times editor Hu Xijin accused the island's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of promoting anti-China sentiment and working with Washington to "jeopardise the rise of the mainland."

In a fiery editorial he said: "The fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) must fly over the island of Taiwan to declare national sovereignty and show the determination to exercise the Anti-Secession Law.

"This is the firm step the Chinese mainland needs to walk in a bid to lock down 'Taiwan independence' tendencies.

"The mainland should clearly warn the DPP authorities that if the Taiwan military dares to open fire at mainland warplanes flying over Taiwan, it means war and the PLA will deal a crushing blow to the Taiwan military."

China warplanesChinese fighter jets have been urged to fly above Taiwan (Image: GETTY)

Mr Hu claimed public opinion in China was "widely expressing expectation for the PLA fighter jets to fly over Taiwan".

He said it was "obvious that the PLA is making full preparations to

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