China is reportedly sending its two new aircraft carriers into war games near Pratas Island, playing into fears that a Taiwan invasion could be next as tensions with the US continue to worsen. Pictured is one of the warships, the Liaoning, as it sails into Hong Kong

Tensions with Washington as Beijing warns of a ‘new Cold War’ amid virus blame game

  • China is reportedly sending its two new aircraft carriers into war games near the Pratas Islands, playing into fears that a Taiwan invasion could be next
  • The Liaoning and Shandong are currently in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea on a combat readiness mission before the war ships head to the Pratas Islands
  • The plan comes after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing’s desire to ‘reunify’ with Taiwan and as the US sanctioned 33 Chinese companies
  • US-China relations have been worsening as both countries argue over the origins of coronavirus 
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China is reportedly sending its two new aircraft carriers into war games near the Pratas Islands, playing into fears that a Taiwan invasion could be next as tensions with the US continue to worsen.

The aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong are currently in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea on a combat readiness mission before the massive ships head into the war games. The move comes after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing’s desire to ‘reunify’ with self-ruled Taiwan, an apparent policy shift.

The aircraft carrier deployment also follows a US decision to impose sanctions on 33 Chinese companies for helping Beijing spy on its minority Uighur population or because of ties to weapons of mass destruction and China’s military.

US-China relations have been growing increasingly tense as more both dispute the origins of coronavirus.

China is reportedly sending its two new aircraft carriers into war games near Pratas Island, playing into fears that a Taiwan invasion could be next as tensions with the US continue to worsen. Pictured is one of the warships, the Liaoning, as it sails into Hong Kong

China is reportedly sending its two new aircraft carriers into war games near Pratas Island, playing into fears that a Taiwan invasion could be next as tensions with the US continue to worsen. Pictured is one of the warships, the Liaoning, as it sails into Hong Kong

The aircraft Shandong is pictured leaving the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian. The warship, along with the aircraft carrier Liaoning, is currently in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea on a combat readiness mission before heading into the war games

The aircraft Shandong is pictured leaving the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian. The warship, along with the aircraft carrier Liaoning, is currently in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea on a combat readiness mission before heading into the war games

China's aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong are heading to  war games. The move comes after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing's desire to 'reunify' with self-ruled Taiwan, an apparent policy shift

China’s aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong are heading to  war games. The move comes after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing’s desire to ‘reunify’ with self-ruled Taiwan, an apparent policy shift

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi warned on Friday that the sanctions would risk ‘a new Cold War’, as tensions between both countries have escalated over the coronavirus outbreak, the Sun reports.