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China warning: Beijing shows off fighter jet footage as tensions with Taiwan soar

The footage was shown via China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, this week. It appears to show a jet fighter streaking through the sky whilst closely tailing another plane.

A pilot can then be heard attempting to communicate over the radio.

The footage comes amid tensions between China, the nearby island of Taiwan, and the US.

Last month, Taiwan warned China to “back off” after Beijing reportedly sent a number of warplanes across a boundary separating the nations.

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Two Chinese fighter jets shown during a South China Sea military drill (Image: STR / AFP / Getty)

At one point, as many as 19 Chinese air force planes – many of them fighter jets – crossed over into Taiwan’s side of the median line which runs through the Taiwan Strait.

And on another occasion, two Chinese air force Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, leading to Taiwan scrambling fighter jets in response.

However, there has also been activity in China’s airspace as well.

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Taiwan has accused China of sending aircraft across the median line which separates the Taiwan Strait (Image: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty)

Beijing claims the US – which has held official meetings with Taiwan in recent months – has flown its own air force planes around the South China Sea.

The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, a Chinese think tank, said at least 60 US Air Force planes had been investigating the South China Sea in September alone.

It also claimed US planes had, in some cases, attempted to disguise themselves by changing their identification codes so they appeared to be non-military planes.

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US RC-135 plane

China says the US has been conducting surveillance flights over the South China Sea recently (Image: Greg Davis / US Air Force / Getty)

On one occasion, a US RC-135S spy plane changed its code so it looked like a Malaysian aircraft.

The recent footage of China’s fighter jet warning off another aircraft is not the first time the nation has shared material showing military activity in recent weeks.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force shared a video to its official social media page last month of an animated bombing attack.

Analysts noted the fake bombing attack appeared to target what looked like the US military’s Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

Fiji

The fight between Chinese and Taiwanese officials happened on the island of Fiji, pictured (Image: sorincolac / Getty)

Sharp-eyed viewers also noted some scenes in the video appeared to have been ripped directly from Hollywood films including ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’.

Tensions between China and Taiwan spiked further this month after a fight between officials from both nations resulted in injuries.

The fight, which took place in Fiji, occurred after Chinese officials intruded into an event held at the Grand Pacific hotel in Fiji’s capital Suva, Taiwan claims.

The event was being held to mark Taiwan’s National Day celebrations.

South China Sea boat

A Chinese coast guard ship in the South China Sea (Image: Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty)

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said one of its officials sustained head injuries and had to be sent to hospital.

Taiwan blasted the altercation as “serious violations of the rule of law and civilised norms”.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Taiwan’s version of reports were “inconsistent” with what actually happened.

China regards Taiwan as a ‘breakaway’ province, though Taiwan maintains it is a sovereign nation.

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