China today threatened to 'crush' any US troops stationed on Taiwan as it conducts live fire drills in the South China Sea after Joe Biden abandoned Afghanistan.

The bombastic propaganda article said that if Sen. Cornyn's claim was true this 'is equivalent to a military invasion and occupation of the Taiwan Province of China.

Warships, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter jets took part in the live fire drills in an undisclosed location off Taiwan on Tuesday.

Chinese state media pumped out the images of desperate Afghans flooding Kabul airport in an effort to flee on Monday as a sign of the chaos prompted by the US retreat.

'America's strength and role is destruction, not construction. '

But Beijing now perhaps senses any opportunity to seize the impetus in the region with the US licking its wounds over its calamitous foreign policy decision to quit Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration approved a $ 750 million arms deal with Taiwan that included 40 M109 self-propelled howitzers and 1,700 kits to convert missiles into GPS-guided projectiles.

Supporters of President Donald Trump invade the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as Congress was certifying the results of President Joe Biden's election

The sudden departure of US troops has sparked discussion in Taiwan as to whether the US can be relied upon to come to Taipei's defence.

'Recent changes in the situation in Afghanistan have led to much discussion in Taiwan,' she wrote.

Tsai stressed that Taiwan should practice self-reliance.

Tsai said Taiwan is already an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

XI Jinping's China has launched military drills while the world is distracted (Image: GETTY)

A better analogue ... is Israel. '

And China is the worlds largest EV maker.

China's embassy in Kabul remains operational, although Beijing began evacuating Chinese citizens from the country months ago as security deteriorated. '

' I don't foresee Chinese companies saying 'let's go and mine some lithium' especially in some parts of the country that are still very dangerous,' Pantucci added.

Iain Duncan Smith was speaking in the Commons during a debate on Afghanistan (Image: PARLIAMENTTV)

The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green has urged Boris Johnson to encourage American troops to return to Afghanistan to "realise their commitment".

Earlier, the Prime Minister insisted it was an "illusion" to think the international military mission could have continued without US forces.

Speaking to MPs, Sir Iain quoted a warning issued by Hu Xijin, the editor of Chinese state-affiliated Global Times, who claimed the US would no longer defend Taiwan.

The backbench MP insisted the lack of intervention in Afghanistan has sent a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the West will not defend democracy.

A representative of Chinese state media mocked the U.S.'s withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the Taliban takeover was smoother than the presidential transition earlier this year

Sir Iain said : "The problem I have now is that the West upholding democracy, the rule of law and human rights is in retreat.

China's People's Liberation Army has conducted provoking drills by air and sea around the Island over the past few years – with the latest taking place on Tuesday involving 16 fighter jets.

Speaking in the Commons, Sir Iain stressed the UK Government can not allow the US to leave to global stage for a decade like it did following the Vietnam War.

It is not the natural state or being unless you defend it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's Communist propaganda has been hammering Joe Biden for his disastrous retreat from Afghanistan

"I remind the House that President [ Ronald ] Reagan when pressed about this, and I hope the US listens to this particular one he said 'freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction – it must be fought for '.

And as we tumble out of Afghanistan, China and Russia are rubbing their hands.

Now President Xi looks across to Taiwan and smiles, for he sees that President Biden's resolve to protect the island is surely not that strong after all.

i fear now it is a war."

South China Sea mapped (Image: Express)

Speaking yesterday, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run Global Times, said the US and Taiwan "must explain" figures posted by US Senator John Cornyn claiming 30,000 US troops were on the island.

A senior official familiar with Taiwan's security planning said China's air force had carried out a "capturing air supremacy" drill, using their advanced J-16 fighters.

JUST IN : EU's single market exposed : UK finishes bottom of league table It added : "This exercise is a necessary action based on the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and the need to safeguard national sovereignty.

"It is a solemn response to external interference and provocations by Taiwan independence forces."

Amphibious armoured vehicles with the PLA Navy (Image: NC)

China believes Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is a separatist plotting a formal declaration of independence, something which would represent a red line for Beijing, and which experts predict would trigger a full-scale invasion.

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

"I think the senator is not confused, and he wants to test our response.

China's latest military exercises come at a time when the West is focused on Afghanistan following the rapid overthrow by the Taliban of President Ashraf Ghani, who has since fled the country.

When President Joe Biden vowed an orderly withdrawal of US troops whilst denying there would be a Taliban takeover, he must have known that his own intelligence team had concluded there was little chance of the government and army holding out for even six

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