There are no signs that China is preparing for all-out war with Taiwan, such as massing troops along its eastern coast, Taiwan's defense chief said Tuesday, after repeated Chinese drills near the island that China claims as its own.

Democratic Taiwan has denounced China's maneuvers, including flying fighter jets over the sensitive mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, as an attempt at intimidation.

"The Chinese communists have continued their acts of provocation against Taiwan, but there are currently no signs showing it is ready to launch a full-scale war," Defense Minister Yen De-fa told parliament.