China vows to ‘fight to the death’ & masses tanks on beaches ahead of ‘D-Day style invasion’ on Taiwan fuelling WW3 fear

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CHINA has vowed to “fight to the death” as warships, tanks and fighter planes have been deployed amid fears war could explode over Taiwan.

Beijing is furious and has threatened to take action as it accuses the US of provoking them over the breakaway island, which the Communist Party has long claimed belongs to China.

The resolve on both sides is now being stretched to breaking point with an expected visit to the island by US speaker and vocal China critic Nancy Pelosi.

She is second-in-line to the presidency, behind only Vice President Kamala Harris.

And should the trip go ahead she will be the most senior US politician to visit the island – something which will infuriate China.

Beijing claims the island belongs to them, but the people of Taiwan say they are a separate nation.

China has long been feared to launch a D-Day style amphibious assault on Taiwan – something which some analysts have dubbed Z-Day.

At least two Chinese warships – a destroyer and a frigate – have been seen lurking off the island and Chinese warplanes have buzzed close to the dividing line in the Taiwan Strait.

And chilling footage shared on Chinese social network Weibo appears to show a column of amphibious tanks reportedly massing on beaches in Fujian along the Taiwan Strait.

Other footage shows a large amount of military equipment on the move in the province, including tanks on trains and columns of vehicles gridlocking Xiamen.

The closest point between China and Taiwan is the Kinmen Islands – which are around six miles east of Xiamen.

It is also reported China is preparing to send its aircraft carriers to match US deployments in the region, with USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group currently operating near Taiwan.

Chinese state media reports both 66,000 ton carriers Liaoning and Shandong are now at sea – and suggested warplanes and warships could be used to “escort, intercept and drive away” Pelosi’s plane if she attempted to land on Taiwan.

Communist leader Xi Jinping has vowed to “unify” Taiwan – which enjoys strong support from the US, even though the White House has stopped short of backing their “independence”.

It has always been unclear if Washington would intervene militarily should China attack Taiwan, despite a recent vow from US President Joe Biden.

Even the prospect of a visit has sparked a crisis which could spiral into a war, with China warning their military will “not sit idle” and threatening “serious consequences”.

‘PAY THE PRICE’

China views any engagement between Washington and Taiwan’s capital Taipei as a US endorsement of the island’s independence.

“The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing in Beijing.

Both China and Taiwan have been holding war games in the days ahead of the possible visit by Pelosi.

Her plane has reportedly now taken off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and is possibly bound for Taiwan.

The world waits with bated breath to see if she lands in Taipei in the next four hours – and what the response will be from China.

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