China masses tanks on beaches ahead of ‘D-Day style invasion’ on Taiwan

CHINA has vowed to "fight to the death" as warships, tanks and fighter planes have been deployed amid fears war could explode over Taiwan.

Beijing is furious and has threatened to take action as it accuses the US of provoking them over the breakaway island, which the Communist Party has long claimed belongs to China.

The resolve on both sides is now being stretched to breaking point with an expected visit to the island by US speaker and vocal China critic Nancy Pelosi.