The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Michael Shoebridge says Xi Jinping is “ratcheting up” the military intimidation of Taiwan and Australia and its allies need to take him seriously.

This comes after China sent 77 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence zone over two days with Chinese media saying they were preparing for battlefield conditions.

Xi Jinping has told the People’s Liberation Army to be ready for war at a moment’s notice, according to Mr Shoebridge.

“I think some of this is him trying to get the Chinese people behind him as leader, because he’s got some difficult things happening domestically with the economy and with the party,” he told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“But some of it is his vision of him being the man that brings Taiwan back to mainland China.”

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