India, April 13 -- China on Tuesday warned the US "not to play with fire" on the issue of Taiwan just days after Washington issued new guidelines that will continue to enable US officials to freely meet Taiwanese counterparts, angering Beijing.

The warning from China came on a day when self-ruled Taiwan, viewed by China as a renegade region, said a record number of fighter jets from the mainland flew into its air defence zone on Monday.

The Taiwanese defence ministry was quoted as saying that at least 25 Chinese military aircraft including nuclear-capable bombers flew inside its air defence identification zone (ADIZ). The island's defence ministry said it scrambled its own jets to warn and monitor the mainland aircraft.

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