China 's state-run media has launched a scathing attack on Australia after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott travelled to Taiwan . Mr Abbott will on Friday address the Yushan Forum organised by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation think tank, just days after China flexed its military muscle by flying 150 warplanes into Taiwan's air defence zone last. The Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's media mouthpiece, warned Australia is heading toward a showdown with Beijing amid 'further acts of recklessness' from Canberra. The publication added Australia was becoming a 'chess piece' in the US' 'anti-China strategy'. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured left listening to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen) arrived in Taiwan this week, which reignited escalating tensions between China and Australia 'Many are worried that Australia might imprudently follow the lead of some European countries to take injudicious actions,' it stated. 'After all, Abbott is not visiting Taipei in an official capacity, but should a member of the Australian parliament or even an incumbent cabinet minister visit Taiwan in an official capacity, or should Canberra allow the change of the name of "Taipei Economic and Cultural Office" into something that violates the one-China principle, the bilateral relations between China and Australia would suffer irreparable damages.' The article also slammed Mr Abbott for voicing his support for Taiwan to remain a democratically run and accused the Australian government of interfering in China's affairs by slandering its air force activities around the island. Military confrontations between the waring nations were not ruled out. The Global Times article ended with a warning that bilateral relations could face cataclysmic upheavals if Australia continued to 'violate' China's national interests. 'China has zero tolerance for any kind of behaviour of any foreign country that crosses the redline to threaten its territorial integrity,' the editorial stated. 'Should Australia be so reckless as to challenge China's sovereignty over Taiwan, there is absolutely no room for maneuverer or diplomatic solution.' Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Taiwan on an unofficial visit. He's pictured with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen The Global Times has published countless thinly-veiled swipes at Australia since Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Taiwan has been keen to bolster its ties with other democracies as China steps up its pressure campaign, trying to force the island to accept Chinese sovereignty. Australia has raised concerns over China's increased air incursions and urged a peaceful resolution of differences. Mr Abbott met with President Tsai Ing-wen at her office in Taipei on Thursday and will spend Friday addressing the Yushan Forum. Cabinet minister Paul Fletcher said the former prime minister had a deep understanding of national security issues from his time as prime minister. 'I certainly consider that if somebody of Tony Abbott's stature is in Taiwan and engaging with the government of Taiwan, I certainly don't see any issue with that,' Mr Fletcher told the National Press Club. 'On the contrary, I see that as a constructive contribution that he is making.' China's media mouthpiece refused to rule out military confrontations between Australia and China. Pictured: Paramilitary policemen and military officers in Beijing Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said there was a bipartisan commitment to the One China policy, which means Australia does not officially recognise Taiwan as a country but maintains economic ties. 'Australia should continue to urge for peaceful actions in our region,' he told reporters. Earlier in the week, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said relations with Australia were strong. 'We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation,' he told the ABC. Australia has been warned of a potential showdown with China over Taiwan secessionism. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping Mr Abbott is due to meet with Mr Wu and other government figures during the visit. He expressed support last week for Taiwan to join a regional trade pact called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and downplayed fears Australia supporting Taiwan's bid for entry would further anger China. 'Given that China is not a member of the TPP, is unlikely to become a member of the TPP, and is already in a state of high dudgeon against Australia and many other countries, I don't see that China is going to be any more upset than it already is,' he said. Tony Abbott (pictured) will address the Yushan Forum organised by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation think tank on Friday