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Fears China will start World War Three are mounting after the communist nation has sent bombers into Taiwan air space.
The Chinese military incursion on Sunday involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, an anti-submarine aircraft, and four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, according to Taiwan's Defence Ministry.
Reports say the Taiwanese air force responded by scrambling combat aircraft, issuing radio warnings and deploying air defence missile systems to monitor the activity.
The Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the coast of China, roughly northeast of the island of Pratas, according to a map provided by the ministry.
It comes just weeks after China sent 11 warplanes, including six fighter jets, two bombers and three surveillance aircraft into Taiwan's airspace threatening "immediate" invasion.
And in June, China sent 28 military jets into the air space – the largest incursion reported by Taiwan to date, the Sun reports.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously threatened to use force to take over the country.
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The Taiwanese capital of Taipei has complained of repeated missions by China's air force near the island for over a year.
Earlier this year, China vowed to invade Taiwan and offered a glimpse of a terrifying three-stage plan to pave the way for an invasion force to storm the island and provoke intervention from the US to defend Taiwan.
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The US and Japan are reported to have been holding joint military exercises amid fears of a possible conflict, despite China telling Taiwan officials that the US will not come to their defence if war breaks out.
In July, China staged massive military drills including assault landings and island-control exercises in a bid to demonstrate the communist state's military might over Taiwan.
The communist nation has described its war games as necessary to protect the country's sovereignty and deal with "collusion" between Taipei and Washington.
Last week, Taiwan's defence ministry confirmed mounting fears of conflict as they warned China's armed forces could "paralyse" its defences.
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