WW3 fears: Putin ramps up war chest with worlds best tanks and heavy strike drones – Daily Express

Putin doesnt care about condemnation from West says expert

The hi-tech corporation Rostec said it would make deliveries to troops in 2021. On Monday, Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian defence manufacturer Rostec said: "Serial deliveries of the T-14 tank based on the Armata platform will begin in 2021. This is, undoubtedly, the worlds best tank today.

"In the future, this vehicle will become the main battle tank in the Russian Army."

He added: "We are advertising this tank to foreign customers.

"This year, it was demonstrated live at the Army forum.

"Visitors could come up to it, take a picture of it and touch it.

"It is a pity it has been impossible to demonstrate it abroad yet due to the absence of foreign exhibitions."

The company has said there will be an autonomous version of the tank.

Mr Chemezov said: "A number of our other enterprises are working on developing such systems.

"Even the Armata was tested as an unmanned tank.

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"Of course, this will not be a serial-produced vehicle."We are testing unmanned technologies on it."

He also stated how the crewed version of the tank will also have many autonomous functions ultilising artificial intelligence.

He said: "The Armata crew does not need to aim accurately.

"It only has to aim the gun roughly.

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"Electronics will do all the rest.

"It will accurately determine the distance to the target and aim the gun at it.

"That is, the vehicle uses artificial intelligence elements that help the crew deliver fire."

The company has also developed a new fleet of heavy strike drones for the Russian military.

The head of Rostec Mr Chemezov announced: "We already have the carriers and the work in this area is being carried out not only by Rostec enterprises but also by the Urals Civil Aviation Plant and Kronshtadt Company."

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World War 3 warning: UK, France and Germany deeply concerned about Iran nuclear programme – Daily Express

Iran: MPs chant in Parliament after passing nuclear bill

The Iranian Parliament recently passed a law which if implement would expand Tehrans nuclear programme and limit the monitoring access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This comes amid growing tensions across the globe.

The three powers said in a joint statement: "If Iran is serious about preserving a space for diplomacy, it must not implement these steps."

This comes after Iran told the United Nations nuclear watchdog it plans to install three more clusters of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.

The agency wrote: Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz intends to start the installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines at FEP.

They added these were in addition to one of IR-2m machines already used for enrichment there.

But under Irans nuclear deal with major powers, Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges at the underground plant.

These are also the only machines Iran can accumulate enriched uranium with.

This latest move comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will not agree to renegotiate elements of the international accord limiting its nuclear programme.

He said: It will never be renegotiated. Period.

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The Minister also admitted Tehran will not agree to any curbs on its missile programme unless Western countries stop their malign behaviour in the Middle East.

He added: As long as theyre not able to out up, they have to shut up.

Under the Trump administration, the US imposed crippling sanctions on Iran after Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement in 2018.

Iran began publicly exceeding enrichment limits set by the agreement saying it would return to compliance if the US did the same.

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Mr Zarif continued: The US has been in grave breach of that resolution because the Trump administration has been a rogue regime.

Now if President-elect [Joe] Biden wants to continue to be a rogue regime, then he can continue to be asking for negotiations to implement its commitments.

The United States must stop, the United States must cease its violations of international law.

It doesnt require any negotiations.

Mr Biden - who beat Mr Trump in the US election last month - has hinted the US will return to the deal.

He told the New York Times if Iran returned to compliance, the US would rejoin and he would seek to tighten Tehrans nuclear constraints.

But this was met with criticism by Mr Zarif who argued they will not renegotiate a deal which they have already negotiated.

He said: Last year, the West sold to the Persian Gulf more weapons than it sold to any other part of the world.

Over $100billion worth of weapons were sold to this region.

Is the West ready to stop this malign behaviour?

When they are ready to deal with those problems of their own malign behaviour in the region then they can start talking about other things.

The two countries were on the brink of war back in January after US forces killed Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani during a missile strike in Iraq.

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World War 3 MAPPED: The SIX places where WW3 could break out in 2020 – Express.co.uk

World War 3 concerns were triggered around the globe following the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike in January. Now as a killer infection spreads across the globe and riots over police brutality have sparked across the world, leading to World War 3 concerns again. Given the tense relations between countries around the world, Express.co.uk has compiled a guide for the flashpoints where World War 3 is most likely to erupt in 2020.

On Friday, January 3, the USA undertook a drone airstrike following a series of orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad, all of which was done on the orders of General Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump approved of the assault on General Soleimani claiming the action was undertaken to make the world a safer place.

In a statement, the Pentagon said: At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani.

It added: This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.

The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

Now Iran has sworn harsh revenge and promised to turn day into night.

This assassination has been dubbed by many high-ranking Iranians a declaration of war.

Donald Trump has warned the US could act disproportionately if Iran targets any American person or target in revenge for the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Since that time, Iran "unintentionally" shot down a Ukranian passenger jet which saw 176 people killed.

This week an Iranian prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant against Mr Trump and has asked for Interpol's support, however, the policing authority has refused to back the arrest warrant.

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Tensions between Iran and Israel have been frustrated for a while with low-intensity warfare raging across the Middle East as a result.

The former nation supports anti-Israel groups in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon in particular, while Israel often strikes at Iranian forces across the region.

Overall, Israel has endeavoured to create an anti-Iran coalition at a diplomatic level, while Iran has invested in cultivating ties with militias and non-state actors.

While it may be difficult to claim these nations will launch into a wider war if Iran is determined to restart its nuclear program, Israel may choose to engage in wider strikes hitting the Iranian homeland directly.

This type of assault could have wider implications as it could prove to be a threat to global oil supplies which would inevitably cause more nations to intercede.

Tensions between the US and Turkey has heightened over the past year, initially as a result of the US providing authorisation to Turkey to clear the Syrian border of US-supported Kurds.

However, immediately afterwards, the US threatened Ankara with sanctions, causing tensions to rise.

Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested he has aspirations for Turkey which could involve nuclear weapons.

As a result, the state of the US-Turkey relationship has worsened, causing fear about the subsequent impact on the NATO alliance.

President Erdogan is known for being passionate about his plan which could force Washington and Ankara to the very edge and have a result on Russia who is a neighbouring nation.

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In the past 10 years, the relationship between India and Pakistan has worsened, bringing the countries to the brink of war.

Since the partition of British India in 1947 and the subsequent creation of India and Pakistan, the two countries have been involved in a number of wars, conflicts and military stand-offs interspersed with periods of harmony and peace.

In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attempted to reduce the autonomy of Kashmir and to change citizenship policies within the rest of India.

These steps have caused some unrest within India and highlighted the long-standing tensions between Delhi and Islamabad.

Further domestic disturbances in India and Pakistan could lead to World War 3.

While this is unlikely, it could lead to terrorist attacks internationally or in Kashmir.

Prime Minister Modi might then feel forced to bring on a more serious conflict and given Chinas vicinity, and the growing relationship between Delhi and Washington could lead to more disastrous international implications.

Fundamental tensions at the heart of the US-North Korea relationship could result in combative action.

Tensions between the two countries now stand as high as at any time since 2017, and the impending US election could imperil relations further.

President Trumps administration appears to hold out hope a deal with North Korea could improve its electoral prospects in November.

But North Korea has little to no interest in Mr Trumps offering.

Recently, North Korea promised a Christmas present that many in the United States worried would be a nuclear or ballistic missile test.

However, this was not the case, but if the country did undertake a nuclear test, the US might be forced to intervene.

Last Thursday, the Hai Yang Di Zhi 8 left the port of Sanya, on China's Hainan Island and was joined by the CCG vessels this week.

These vessels were 92 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnams Binh Dinh province as of yesterday morning, deep into the 200-nautical mile EEZ, and were further accompanied two Chinese maritime militia ships, the Dongtongxiao00235 and the Min Xia Yu 00013, Radio Free Asia reported.

Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative in Washington, told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in an online news conference: What is pretty obvious is Chinas not going to stop.

"If a global pandemic doesnt cause China to calm things down in the South China Sea, theres not much that will.

The number one thing that we should think to look into is international economic sanctions.

We have never had a discussion about sanctioning the actors behind the Chinese maritime militia."

"China admits it has a maritime militia, and its a clear violation of international law.

They are operating on the same policy framework which is to go out, assert rights, harass neighbours, do whatever you want."

The US-China relationship has been particularly tense in recent years.

A trade deal between the two countries would seem to alleviate some tensions but implementation remains in question.

Currently, the worlds two largest economies are locked in a bitter trade battle.

The dispute, which has simmered for nearly 18 months, has seen the US and China impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of one anothers goods.

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and intellectual property theft, while in China, there is a perception that the US is endeavouring to curb its rise as a global economic power.

At the same time, China has worked defiantly to assure its relations with Russia, while the US has sparked controversies with both South Korea and Japan, its two closest allies in the region.

Donald Trump and President Xi have staked much of their political reputations on the trade situations in each country and therefore both have incentives for diplomatic and economic escalation.

If the situation were to escalate, it could lead to military confrontation in areas such as the South or East China Seas.

The tension has escalated amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Mr Trump accusing the country of engineering the fatal infection in a laboratory.

He claims to have seen evidence corroborating the development of coronavirus from a Chinese lab.

Mr Trumpannounced on Tuesday that the United States was devising a strict response to China's proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong and that the plans would be revealed by the end of the week.

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China accuses UK and France of huddling with US ahead of joint military drills – Daily Express

South China Sea: Military exercises must continue says expert

Chinese state media outlet The Global Times lashed out against the western military drills scheduled for next year. Both the British and French navy will set course for Japanese waters to show force in the region. Japan and China have seen escalating tensions over competing territory claims in the East China Sea, but have attempted to remain diplomatic. It also comes as Beijing and Washington have escalated their deployment of maritime forces in Chinese-claimed waters this year, as tensions in the South China Sea continue to grow.

The Global Times blasted the European nations for joining in with Japan and the US military endeavours in Chinese-claimed waters.

It said in a report: The UK and France are actually trying to huddle together with the US for warmth. The two European countries clearly know that their military strength is not enough for their global ambitions.

So they want to expand their influence by borrowing plumes from Washington. From this perspective, their move to send warships to the Asia-Pacific region is more symbolic than substantive.

Zhang Junshe, author of the Global Times report, added their involvement came after Japan internationally accused China of violating territory claims, which Beijing disputes.

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Japans joint military efforts were also rubbished by Mr Zhang in the report, and claimed the UK and France have their own aims in joining the drills.

The report said the European countries don't necessarily really support Japan's claims and claimed China has sufficient evidence to prove Japanese-claimed islands are rightfully owned by Beijing.

Mr Zhang also added in his report Britain and Frances involvement in the East China Sea is more to appease the incoming US President Joe Biden.

He said: Both London and Paris want to show their loyalty to Washington. Their support for Tokyo is nothing but a gesture. They know how much they can actually do.

France is set to join in with Japan and the US for land and sea drills in May.

Japanese media outlet Sankei said the exercises will be conducted on one of the countrys uninhabited islands with a focus on relief efforts against a natural disaster.

But the paper added the joint drills can form the basis for a defence against attacks from Beijing on Japanese-controlled islands.

Admiral Pierre Vandier, chief of staff of the French navy said in a separate interview with Sankei: We want to demonstrate our presence to the region and send a message about Japan-France cooperation.

This is a message aimed at China. This is a message about multi-lateral partnerships and the freedom of passage.

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The British Navy is also set to send an aircraft carrier strike group to Japanese waters in spring next year, also according to Sankei.

Britains involvement with Japan is separate to the French drills, but is also meant to show its presence in the Asian-Pacific region.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to lead the strike forces drills with the American and Japanese forces in its stay off the coast of the Nansei Islands, according to Asian news outlet Nikkei.

Both France and Britains naval involvement in the Asian territory is rare, and comes after Chinas increasing aggression to neighbouring states.

The simmering military row comes after China and the US, under President Donald Trump, have traded sanctions and competing military drills throughout the year in the South China Sea.

Beijing recently launched its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, into the South China Sea for routine pathing and deterrence against attackers.

Washington has in turn held joint naval drills in the disputed waters with Tokyo, New Delhi and Canberra in an effort to counter Chinese aggression.

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‘You have NO authority!’ US hits back at UK as Joe Biden charm offensive fails – Daily Express

UK-US trade: Eustice says UK will set own food safety standards

Donald Trumps trade office warned Britain it had "no authority from the World Trade Organisation (WTO)" to impose tariffs on its own after it finally unshackles itself from the EU. The move comes after International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said tariffs would be scrapped as soon as the UK is out of the EU transition period on January 1 in a bid to help incentivise incoming US President Joe Biden.

The UK announced on Tuesday it would suspend tariffs on aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co jets and other US goods on January 1, describing the move as an attempt to de-escalate a long-running conflict over aircraft subsidies that has dragged the US and Europe into a tit-for-tat tariff war.

In a statement from United States Trade Representative, officials welcomed the move for a negotiated solution, but warned: The United States does not agree, however, that the UK would have any authority to impose tariffs.

Only the EU sued the United States at the WTO; the UK did not bring a case in its individual capacity.

Therefore, the UK has no authority from the WTO to participate in any such action after it is no longer part of the EU.

The decision comes amid wider trade talks between Britain and the US and ends a united front on tariffs among Airbus's political backers Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

Diplomats say US and EU trade chiefs are in "serious" negotiations to end the 16-year-old aircraft trade dispute.Last year the EU placed tariffs worth 3billion on American products.

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The measures were imposed after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled the US had unlawfully subsidised Boeing, to the detriment of the UK and EU aerospace industry.

The subsidy dispute is the largest case ever handled by the WTO and comes to a head just as Britain is leaving the EU, forcing it to seek new trade deals.

Britain is hoping to secure a free trade deal with the US as early as possible in Mr Biden's presidency.

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However, Mr Biden opposes Brexit and has reservations about Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who he once likened to a "physical and emotional clone" of Mr Trump.

The tariff decision has now spawned a technical row between London and Brussels about whether Britain can in any case legally impose tariffs inherited from the EU after January 1 - expanding a list of jurisdictional issues arising from Britain's EU exit.

The EU said it alone could act in the transatlantic dispute.

But Britain has insisted it could revive the tariffs if needed but said their suspension would help resolve the subsidy spat, which has spread to hit other industries.

A UK spokesman said: We are serious about de-escalation. This suspension of tariffs demonstrates the seriousness we place on reaching a negotiated settlement.

Several sources said an aircraft agreement could be reached before Mr Trump leaves office next month.

A US source said: It is not clear how you resolve the UK part without addressing the rest of Europe.

The entire discussion has been structured around finding a whole solution".


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World War III – Wikipedia

hypothetical future global conflict

World War III (WWIII or WW3) and the Third World War are names given to a hypothetical third worldwide large-scale military conflict subsequent to World War I and II. The term has been in use since at least as early as 1941. Some have applied it loosely to refer to limited or smaller conflicts such as the Cold War or the War on Terror, while others assumed that such a conflict would surpass prior world wars both in its scope and in its destructive impact.[1]

Due to the development and use of nuclear weapons near the end of World WarII and their subsequent acquisition and deployment by many countries, the potential risk of a nuclear devastation of Earth's civilization and life is a common theme in speculations about a Third World War. Another major concern is that biological warfare could cause a very large number of casualties, either intentionally or inadvertently by an accidental release of a biological agent, the unexpected mutation of an agent, or its adaptation to other species after use. High-scale apocalyptic events like these, caused by advanced technology used for destruction, could potentially make the Earth's surface uninhabitable.

Prior to the beginning of the Second World War, the First World War (19141918) was believed to have been "the war to end all wars," as it was popularly believed that never again could there possibly be a global conflict of such magnitude. During the interwar period, WWI was typically referred to simply as "The Great War." The outbreak of World WarII in 1939 disproved the hope that mankind might have already "outgrown" the need for such widespread global wars.

With the advent of the Cold War in 1945 and with the spread of nuclear weapons technology to the Soviet Union, the possibility of a third global conflict became more plausible. During the Cold War years, the possibility of a Third World War was anticipated and planned for by military and civil authorities in many countries. Scenarios ranged from conventional warfare to limited or total nuclear warfare. At the height of the Cold War, a scenario referred to as Mutually Assured Destruction ("MAD") had been calculated which determined that an all-out nuclear confrontation would most certainly destroy all or nearly all human life on the planet. The potential absolute destruction of the human race may have contributed to the ability of both American and Soviet leaders to avoid such a scenario.

Time magazine was an early adopter if not originator of the term "World WarIII." The first usage appears in its 3 November 1941 issue (preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941) under its "National Affairs" section and entitled "World WarIII?" about Nazi refugee Dr. Hermann Rauschning, who had just arrived in the United States.[2] In its 22 March 1943, issue under its "Foreign News" section, Time reused the same title "World WarIII?" with regard to statements by then-U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace: "We shall decide some time in 1943 or 1944... whether to plant the seeds of World War III."[3][4] Time continued to entitle with or mention in stories the term "World WarIII" for the rest of the decade (and onwards): 1944,[5][6] 1945,[7][8] 1946 ("bacterial warfare"),[9] 1947,[10] and 1948.[11] (Time persists in using this term, for example, in a 2015 book review entitled "This Is What World War III Will Look Like."[12])

Military planners have been war gaming various scenarios, preparing for the worst, since the early days of the Cold War. Some of those plans are now out of date and have been partially or fully declassified.[citation needed]

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was concerned that, with the enormous size of Soviet forces deployed in Europe at the end of WWII and the unreliability of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, there was a serious threat to Western Europe. In AprilMay 1945, the British Armed Forces developed Operation Unthinkable, thought to be the first scenario of the Third World War.[13] Its primary goal was "to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and the British Empire".[14] The plan was rejected by the British Chiefs of Staff Committee as militarily unfeasible.

"Operation Dropshot" was the 1950s United States contingency plan for a possible nuclear and conventional war with the Soviet Union in the Western European and Asian theaters. Although the scenario made use of nuclear weapons, they were not expected to play a decisive role.

At the time the US nuclear arsenal was limited in size, based mostly in the United States, and depended on bombers for delivery. "Dropshot" included mission profiles that would have used 300 nuclear bombs and 29,000 high-explosive bombs on 200 targets in 100 cities and towns to wipe out 85% of the Soviet Union's industrial potential at a single stroke. Between 75 and 100 of the 300 nuclear weapons were targeted to destroy Soviet combat aircraft on the ground.

The scenario was devised prior to the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. It was also devised before U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara changed the US Nuclear War plan from the 'city killing' countervalue strike plan to a "counterforce" plan (targeted more at military forces). Nuclear weapons at this time were not accurate enough to hit a naval base without destroying the city adjacent to it, so the aim in using them was to destroy the enemy industrial capacity in an effort to cripple their war economy.

In January 1950, the North Atlantic Council approved NATO's military strategy of containment.[15] NATO military planning took on a renewed urgency following the outbreak of the Korean War in the early 1950s, prompting NATO to establish a "force under a centralised command, adequate to deter aggression and to ensure the defence of Western Europe". Allied Command Europe was established under General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, US Army, on 2 April 1951.[16][17] The Western Union Defence Organization had previously carried out Exercise Verity, a 1949 multilateral exercise involving naval air strikes and submarine attacks.

Exercise Mainbrace brought together 200 ships and over 50,000 personnel to practice the defence of Denmark and Norway from Soviet attack in 1952. It was the first major NATO exercise. The exercise was jointly commanded by Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, USN, and Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Matthew B. Ridgeway, US Army, during the autumn of 1952.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Netherlands, and Belgium all participated.

Exercises Grand Slam and Longstep were naval exercises held in the Mediterranean Sea during 1952 to practice dislodging an enemy occupying force and amphibious assault. It involved over 170 warships and 700 aircraft under the overall command of Admiral Robert B. Carney. The overall exercise commander, Admiral Carney summarized the accomplishments of Exercise Grand Slam by stating: "We have demonstrated that the senior commanders of all four powers can successfully take charge of a mixed task force and handle it effectively as a working unit."[citation needed]

The Soviet Union called the exercises "war-like acts" by NATO, with particular reference to the participation of Norway and Denmark, and prepared for its own military maneuvers in the Soviet Zone.[18][19]

This was a major NATO naval exercise held in 1957, simulating a response to an all-out Soviet attack on NATO. The exercise involved over 200 warships, 650 aircraft, and 75,000 personnel from the United States Navy, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, the French Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, and the Royal Norwegian Navy. As the largest peacetime naval operation up to that time, Exercise Strikeback was characterized by military analyst Hanson W. Baldwin of The New York Times as "constituting the strongest striking fleet assembled since World WarII".[20]

Exercise Reforger (from return of forces to Germany) was an annual exercise conducted, during the Cold War, by NATO. The exercise was intended to ensure that NATO had the ability to quickly deploy forces to West Germany in the event of a conflict with the Warsaw Pact.The Warsaw Pact outnumbered NATO throughout the Cold War in conventional forces, especially armor. Therefore, in the event of a Soviet invasion, in order not to resort to tactical nuclear strikes, NATO forces holding the line against a Warsaw Pact armored spearhead would have to be quickly resupplied and replaced. Most of this support would have come across the Atlantic from North America.

Reforger was not merely a show of forcein the event of a conflict, it would be the actual plan to strengthen the NATO presence in Europe. In that instance, it would have been referred to as Operation Reforger. Important components in Reforger included the Military Airlift Command, the Military Sealift Command, and the Civil Reserve Air Fleet.

Seven Days to the River Rhine was a top-secret military simulation exercise developed in 1979 by the Warsaw Pact. It started with the assumption that NATO would launch a nuclear attack on the Vistula river valley in a first-strike scenario, which would result in as many as two million Polish civilian casualties.[21] In response, a Soviet counter-strike would be carried out against West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, with Warsaw Pact forces invading West Germany and aiming to stop at the River Rhine by the seventh day. Other USSR plans stopped only upon reaching the French border on day nine. Individual Warsaw Pact states were only assigned their own subpart of the strategic picture; in this case, the Polish forces were only expected to go as far as Germany. The Seven Days to the Rhine plan envisioned that Poland and Germany would be largely destroyed by nuclear exchanges, and that large numbers of troops would die of radiation sickness. It was estimated that NATO would fire nuclear weapons behind the advancing Soviet lines to cut off their supply lines and thus blunt their advance. While this plan assumed that NATO would use nuclear weapons to push back any Warsaw Pact invasion, it did not include nuclear strikes on France or the United Kingdom. Newspapers speculated when this plan was declassified, that France and the UK were not to be hit in an effort to get them to withhold use of their own nuclear weapons.

Exercise Able Archer was an annual exercise by the U.S. European Command that practised command and control procedures, with emphasis on the transition from solely conventional operations to chemical, nuclear, and conventional operations during a time of war.

"Able Archer 83" was a five-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command post exercise starting on 7 November 1983, that spanned Western Europe, centered on the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Headquarters in Casteau, north of the city of Mons. Able Archer exercises simulated a period of conflict escalation, culminating in a coordinated nuclear attack.[22]

The realistic nature of the 1983 exercise, coupled with deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of strategic Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some members of the Soviet Politburo and military to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war, obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike.[22][23][24][25] In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air units in East Germany and Poland on alert.[26][27]This "1983 war scare" is considered by many historians to be the closest the world has come to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.[28] The threat of nuclear war ended with the conclusion of the exercise on 11 November, however.[29][30]

The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on 23 March 1983.[31] In the latter part of his presidency, numerous factors (which included watching the 1983 movie The Day After and hearing through a Soviet defector that Able Archer 83 almost triggered a Russian first strike) had turned Ronald Reagan against the concept of winnable nuclear war, and he began to see nuclear weapons as more of a "wild card" than a strategic deterrent. Although he later believed in disarmament treaties slowly blunting the danger of nuclear weaponry by reducing their number and alert status, he also believed a technological solution might allow incoming ICBMs to be shot down, thus making the US invulnerable to a first strike. However, the USSR saw the SDI concept as a major threat, since a unilateral deployment of the system would allow the US to launch a massive first strike on the Soviet Union without any fear of retaliation.

The SDI concept was to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. The initiative focused on strategic defense rather than the prior strategic offense doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) was set up in 1984 within the United States Department of Defense to oversee the Strategic Defense Initiative.

NATO operational plans for a Third World War have involved NATO allies who do not have their own nuclear weapons, using nuclear weapons supplied by the United States as part of a general NATO war plan, under the direction of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander.

Of the three nuclear powers in NATO (France, the United Kingdom, and the United States) only the United States has provided weapons for nuclear sharing. As of November2009[update], Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey are still hosting US nuclear weapons as part of NATO's nuclear sharing policy.[32][33] Canada hosted weapons until 1984,[34] and Greece until 2001.[32][35] The United Kingdom also received US tactical nuclear weapons such as nuclear artillery and Lance missiles until 1992, despite the UK being a nuclear weapons state in its own right; these were mainly deployed in Germany.

In peacetime, the nuclear weapons stored in non-nuclear countries are guarded by US airmen though previously some artillery and missile systems were guarded by US Army soldiers; the codes required for detonating them are under American control. In case of war, the weapons are to be mounted on the participating countries' warplanes. The weapons are under custody and control of USAF Munitions Support Squadrons co-located on NATO main operating bases who work together with the host nation forces.[32]

As of 2005[update], 180 tactical B61 nuclear bombs of the 480 US nuclear weapons believed to be deployed in Europe fall under the nuclear sharing arrangement.[36] The weapons are stored within a vault in hardened aircraft shelters, using the USAF WS3 Weapon Storage and Security System. The delivery warplanes used are F-16 Fighting Falcons and Panavia Tornados.[37]

With the initiation of the Cold War arms race in the 1950s, an apocalyptic war between the United States and the Soviet Union became a real possibility. During the Cold War era (19471991), a number of military events have been described as having come quite close to potentially triggering World WarIII.

The Korean War was a war between two coalitions fighting for control over the Korean Peninsula: a communist coalition including North Korea, China and the Soviet Union, and a capitalist coalition including South Korea, the United States and the United Nations Command. Many then believed that the conflict was likely to soon escalate into a full-scale war between the three countries, the US, the USSR, and China. CBS war correspondent Bill Downs wrote in 1951 that, "To my mind, the answer is: Yes, Korea is the beginning of World WarIII. The brilliant landings at Inchon and the cooperative efforts of the American armed forces with the United Nations Allies have won us a victory in Korea. But this is only the first battle in a major international struggle which now is engulfing the Far East and the entire world."[38] Downs afterwards repeated this belief on ABC Evening News while reporting on the USS Pueblo incident in 1968.[39]

The Berlin Crisis of 1961 was a political-military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union at Checkpoint Charlie with both a number of American and Soviet tanks and troops at stand off at each other only 100 yards on either side of the checkpoint. The reason behind the confrontation was about the occupational status of the German capital city, Berlin, and of postWorld War II Germany. The Berlin Crisis started when the USSR launched an ultimatum demanding the withdrawal of all armed forces from Berlin, including the Western armed forces in West Berlin. The crisis culminated in the city's de facto partition with the East German erection of the Berlin Wall. This stand-off ended peacefully on 28 October following a US-Soviet understanding to withdraw tanks and reduce tensions.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: a confrontation on the stationing of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba, in response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, is considered as having been the closest to a nuclear exchange, which could have precipitated a Third World War.[40] The crisis peaked on 27 October, with three separate major incidents occurring on the same day, all of these incidents having been initiated by the US military.

Despite what many believe to be the closest the world has come to a nuclear conflict, throughout the entire standoff, the Doomsday Clock, which is run by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to estimate how close the end of the world, or doomsday, is, with midnight being the apocalypse, stayed at a relatively stable seven minutes to midnight. This has been explained as being due to the brevity of the crisis, since the clock monitored more long term factors such as leadership of countries, conflicts, wars, and political upheavals, as well as societies reactions to said factors.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists now credits the political developments resulting from the Cuban Missile Crisis with having actually enhanced global stability. The Bulletin posits that future crises and occasions that might otherwise escalate, were rendered as more stable due to two major factors:

The Sino-Soviet border conflict was a seven-month undeclared military conflict between the Soviet Union and China at the height of the Sino-Soviet split in 1969. The most serious of these border clashes, which brought the world's two largest communist states to the brink of war, occurred in March 1969 in the vicinity of Zhenbao (Damansky) Island on the Ussuri (Wusuli) River, near Manchuria.

The conflict resulted in a ceasefire, with a return to the status quo. Critics point out that the Chinese attack on Zhenbao was to deter any potential future Soviet invasions; that by killing some Soviets, China demonstrated that it could not be 'bullied'; and that Mao wanted to teach them 'a bitter lesson'.

China's relations with the USSR remained sour after the conflict, despite the border talks, which began in 1969 and continued inconclusively for a decade. Domestically, the threat of war caused by the border clashes inaugurated a new stage in the Cultural Revolution; that of China's thorough militarization. The 9th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, held in the aftermath of the Zhenbao Island incident, confirmed Defense Minister Lin Biao as Mao's heir apparent.

Following the events of 1969, the Soviet Union further increased its forces along the Sino-Soviet border, and in the Mongolian People's Republic.

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan. The war began with preemptive aerial strikes on 11 Indian Air Force stations, which led to the commencement of hostilities with Pakistan and Indian entry into the war of independence in East Pakistan on the side of Bengali nationalist forces.

The Soviet Union sympathised with the East Pakistanis, and supported the Indian Army and Mukti Bahini's incursion against Pakistan during the war, in a broader view of recognising that the succession of East Pakistan as Independent Bangladesh would weaken the position of its rivalsthe United States and China. The Soviet Union gave assurances to India that if a confrontation with the United States or China developed, it would take counter-measures. This assurance was enshrined in the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in August 1971.

The United States stood with Pakistan by supporting it morally, politically, economically and materially when U.S. President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger refused to use rhetoric in a hopeless attempt to intervene in a large civil war. The U.S. establishment perceived to the impression that they needed Pakistan to help stop Soviet influence in South Asia in an informal alliance with India. Nixon feared that an Indian invasion of Pakistan would mean total Soviet domination of the region, and that it would seriously undermine the global position of the United States and the regional position of America's new tactical ally, China. Nixon encouraged Jordan and Iran to send military supplies to Pakistan, while also encouraging China to increase its arms supplies to Pakistan, but all supplies were very limited. The Nixon administration also ignored reports it received of the "genocidal" activities of the Pakistani Armed Forces in East Pakistan, most notably the Blood telegram, and this prompted widespread criticism and condemnationboth by the United States Congress and in the international press.

Then United States Ambassador to the United Nations, George H. W. Bush, introduced a resolution in the United Nations Security Council calling for a cease-fire and the withdrawal of armed forces by India and Pakistan. However, it was vetoed by the Soviet Union, and the following days witnessed the use of great pressure on the Soviets from the Nixon-Kissinger duo to get India to withdraw, but to no avail.

When Pakistan's defeat in the eastern sector seemed certain, Nixon deployed Task Force 74led by the aircraft carrier USSEnterpriseinto the Bay of Bengal. Enterprise and its escort ships arrived on station on 11 December 1971. The United Kingdom also deployed a carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier HMSEagle to the Bay, on her final deployment.

On 6 and 13 December, the Soviet Navy dispatched two groups of cruisers and destroyers from Vladivostok; they trailed US Task Force 74 into the Indian Ocean from 18 December 1971 until 7 January 1972. The Soviets also had a nuclear submarine to help ward off the threat posed by the USS Enterprise task force in the Indian Ocean.

As the war progressed, it became apparent to the United States that India was going to invade and disintegrate Pakistan in a matter of weeks, therefore President Nixon spoke with the USSR General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev on a hotline on 10 December, where Nixon reportedly urged Brezhnev to restrain India as he quoted: "in the strongest possible terms to restrain India with which you [Brezhnev] have great influence and for whose actions you must share responsibility."

After the war, the United States accepted the new balance of power and recognised India as a dominant player in South Asia; the US immediately engaged in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in the successive years. The Soviet Union, while being sympathetic to Pakistan's loss, decided to engage with Pakistan after sending an invitation through Rodionov to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who paid a state visit to the Soviet Union in 1972 to strengthen bilateral relations that continued over the years.

The Yom Kippur War, also known as the Ramadan War, or October War, began with Arab victories. Israel successfully counterattacked. Tensions grew between the US (which supported Israel) and the Soviet Union (which sided with the Arab states). American and Soviet naval forces came close to firing upon each other. Admiral Murphy of the US reckoned the chances of the Soviet squadron attempting a first strike against his fleet at 40 percent. The Pentagon moved Defcon status from 4to3.[42] The superpowers had been pushed to the brink of war, but tensions eased with the ceasefire brought in under UNSC 339.[43][44]

The United States made emergency retaliation preparations after NORAD saw on-screen indications that a full-scale Soviet attack had been launched.[45] No attempt was made to use the "red telephone" hotline to clarify the situation with the USSR and it was not until early-warning radar systems confirmed no such launch had taken place that NORAD realized that a computer system test had caused the display errors. A senator inside the NORAD facility at the time described an atmosphere of absolute panic. A GAO investigation led to the construction of an off-site test facility to prevent similar mistakes.[46]

A false alarm occurred on the Soviet nuclear early warning system, showing the launch of American LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States. A retaliatory attack was prevented by Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet Air Defence Forces officer, who realised the system had simply malfunctioned (which was borne out by later investigations).[47][48]

During Able Archer 83, a ten-day NATO exercise simulating a period of conflict escalation that culminated in a DEFCON 1 nuclear strike, some members of the Soviet Politburo and armed forces treated the events as a ruse of war concealing a genuine first strike. In response, the military prepared for a coordinated counter-attack by readying nuclear forces and placing air units stationed in the Warsaw Pact states of East Germany and Poland under high alert. However, the state of Soviet preparation for retaliation ceased upon completion of the Able Archer exercises.[22]

The Norwegian rocket incident is the first World WarIII close call to occur outside the Cold War. This incident occurred when Russia's Olenegorsk early warning station accidentally mistook the radar signature from a Black Brant XII research rocket (being jointly launched by Norwegian and US scientists from Andya Rocket Range), as appearing to be the radar signature of the launch of a Trident SLBM missile. In response, Russian President Boris Yeltsin was summoned and the Cheget nuclear briefcase was activated for the first and only time. However, the high command was soon able to determine that the rocket was not entering Russian airspace, and promptly aborted plans for combat readiness and retaliation. It was retrospectively determined that, while the rocket scientists had informed thirty states including Russia about the test launch, the information had not reached Russian radar technicians.[49][50]

On 12 June 1999, the day following the end of the Kosovo War, some 250 Russian peacekeepers occupied the Pristina International Airport ahead of the arrival of NATO troops and were to secure the arrival of reinforcements by air. American NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Wesley Clark ordered the use of force against the Russians.[51] Mike Jackson, a British Army general who contacted the Russians during the incident, refused to enforce Clark's orders, famously telling him "I'm not going to start the Third World War for you."[52] Captain James Blunt, the lead officer at the front of the NATO column in the direct armed stand-off against the Russians, received the "Destroy!" orders from Clark over the radio, but he followed Jackson's orders to encircle the airfield instead and later said in an interview that even without Jackson's intervention he would have refused to follow Clark's order.[53]

As Soviet-American relations grew more tense in the post-World WarII period, the fear that it could escalate into World WarIII was ever-present. A Gallup poll in December 1950 found that more than half of Americans considered World WarIII to have already started.[54]

In 2004, commentator Norman Podhoretz proposed that the Cold War, lasting from the surrender of the Axis Powers until the fall of the Berlin Wall, might rightly be called World WarIII. By Podhoretz's reckoning, "World WarIV" would be the global campaign against Islamofascism.[55][56]

Still the majority of historians would seem to hold that World WarIII would necessarily have to be a worldwide "war in which large forces from many countries fought"[57] and a war that "involves most of the principal nations of the world."[58] In his book Secret Weapons of the Cold War, Bill Yenne explains that the military standoff that occurred between the two 'Superpowers', namely the United States and the Soviet Union, from the 1940s through to 1991, was only the Cold War, which ultimately helped to enable mankind to avert the possibility of an all out nuclear confrontation, and that it certainly was not World WarIII.[59]

The "war on terror" that began with the September 11 attacks has been claimed by some to be World WarIII[60] or sometimes as World WarIV.[55] Others have disparaged such claims as "distorting American history." While there is general agreement amongst historians regarding the definitions and extent of the first two world wars, namely due to the unmistakable global scale of aggression and self-destruction of these two wars, a few have claimed that a "World War" might now no longer require such worldwide and large scale aggression and carnage. Still, such claims of a new "lower threshold of aggression," that might now be sufficient to qualify a war as a "World War" have not gained such widespread acceptance and support as the definitions of the first two world wars have received amongst historians.[61]

On 1 February 2015, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari declared that the War on ISIL was effectively "World WarIII", due to ISIL's declaration of a Worldwide Caliphate, its aims to conquer the world, and its success in spreading the conflict to multiple countries outside of the Levant region.[62] In response to the November 2015 Paris attacks, King of Jordan Abdullah II said "We are facing a Third World War [within Islam]."[63]

In his State of the Union Address on 12 January 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that news reports granting ISIL the supposed ability to foment WWIII might be excessive and irresponsible, stating that, "as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World WarIII just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence."[64]

In multiple recorded interviews under somewhat casual circumstances, comparing the conflagrations of World WarI andII to the ongoing lower intensity wars of the 21st century, Pope Francis has said, "The world is at war, because it has lost peace," and "perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal."[65][66]

In 1949, after the unleashing of nuclear weaponry at the end of WWII, physicist Albert Einstein suggested that any outcome of a possible WWIII would be so dire as to revert mankind back to the Stone Age. When asked by journalist Alfred Werner what types of weapons Einstein believed World WarIII might be fought with, Einstein warned, "I know not with what weapons World WarIII will be fought, but World WarIV will be fought with sticks and stones".[1][67]

A 1998 New England Journal of Medicine overview found that "Although many people believe that the threat of a nuclear attack largely disappeared with the end of the Cold War, there is considerable evidence to the contrary." The United States Russia mutual detargeting agreement in 1994 was largely symbolic, and did not change the amount of time required to launch an attack. The most likely "accidental-attack" scenario was believed to be a retaliatory launch due to a false warning.[68] Historically, World War I happened through an escalating crisis; World War II happened through deliberate action. Both sides often assume their side will win a "short" fight; according to a 2014 poll, 3/4 of the public in China believes their military would win in a war with the U.S. Hypothesized flashpoints in the 2010s included Russian intervention in Ukraine, and Chinese expansion into adjacent islands and seas.[69] Other hypothesized risks are that a war involving Iran, Israel, Pakistan, India, North Korea, or Taiwan, could escalate via alliances or intervention into a war between "great powers" such as the U.S., Russia, or China; or that a "rogue commander" under any nuclear power might launch an unauthorized strike that escalates into full war.[70]

Some scenarios involve risks due to upcoming changes from the known "status quo". In the 1980s the Strategic Defense Initiative made an effort at nullifying the USSR's nuclear arsenal; some analysts believe the initiative was "destabilizing".[71][72] In his book Destined for War, Graham Allison views the global rivalry between the established power, the US, and the rising power, China, as an example of the Thucydides Trap. Allison states that historically, "12 of 16 past cases where a rising power has confronted a ruling power" have led to fighting.[73] In January 2020 the Union of Concerned Scientists advanced its Doomsday Clock, citing (among other factors) a predicted destabilizing effect from upcoming hypersonic weapons.[74]

Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, could hypothetically generate risk in the decades ahead. A 2018 RAND Corporation report has argued that AI and associated information technology "will have a large effect on nuclear-security issues in the next quarter century". A hypothetical future AI could provide a destabilizing ability to track "second-launch" launchers. Incorporating AI into decision support systems used to decide whether to launch, could also generate new risks, including the risk of an adversarial exploitation of such an AI's algorithms by a third party to trigger a launch recommendation.[75][76] A perception that some sort of emerging technology would lead to "world domination" might also be destabilizing, for example by leading to fear of a pre-emptive strike.[77]

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WW3 fears explode as Trump US Election world map predicts China and India rebellion – Daily Express

Donald Trump Jr. released his map on Twitter during America's polling day on Tuesday.The graph shows most countries in red indicating Republican support for a President Trump victory.

But some countries including China, India, Liberia and Mexico are shaded in blue, suggesting that those nations support a Democratic win.

Some US states including California and Maryland are also blue on Mr Trump Jr.s map.

The presidents eldest child tweeted: Okay finally around to making my electoral map prediction.

Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, responded to Mr Trump Jr.s tweet.


He posted: "So much for the friendship with Trump Senior.

Junior has placed India firmly with@JoeBiden&@KamalaHarristhough interestingly Jr. believes J&K & the NorthEast go against the rest of India & will vote Trump.

Someone needs to take his colouring pencils away.

On the map, conflict-struck areas in the northeast of Indian and Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh have been shaded in red.

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The Ladakh region has been the subject of territorial dispute which has seen an escalation of tensions in recent months.

The US blasted China for its aggressive moves along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

During a press conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "Chinese Communist Party is no friend to democracy.

The United States will stand with the people of India as they face threats to their sovereignty and liberty."

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India and China have been in a standoff in the Ladakh region which has led to escalations of conflict.

Earlier this year, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with the Chinese military in the region.

It was the first deadly clash in the border area in at least 45 years.

Shashi Tharoor, Indian Congress party leader and member of parliament, also responded to Donald Trump Jr.s map.

He referenced Prime Minister Nerendra Modis relationship with the US president.

He tweeted: "The price of Namos bromance: Kashmir & the NorthEast cut off from the rest of India, &the whole filthy" place relegated by Don Jr to the realm of hostiles, along with China&Mexico.

So much for the crores spent on obsequious serenading stadium events!"

Mr Tharoor was making a reference to President Trumps previous comments in which he described Indias air as filthy.

But Abdul Basit, former Pakistan High Commissioner to India, said Mr Trump Jr.s map was encouraging.

He tweeted: "Good. Jammu and Kashmir is shown as part of Pakistan. Very encouraging."

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WW3: China unveils ‘net of fire’ weapon as they hold surprise military crisis talk with US – Daily Express

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has released footage of a recently conducted live-fire drill. The exercise, which was to practice operating a new anti-air weaponry system in Guangdong, has sparked World War 3 fears. A video posted by Chinese state-affiliated media company, Global Times, demonstrated the capabilities of the eastern state amid reports of military talks with the US for crisis communication.

According to Global Times, several vehicle-mounted antiaircraft artillery systems were used.

They can be seen firing at the same time in the video.

The artillery shoots up to 10 bullets a second.

This creates a "net" of fire for a split second.

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The PLA's 75th Group Army were responsible for holding the live-fire drill in Guangdong.

Group armies are comparable to a US division rather than a corps.

They are made up of various modern units such as infantry, artillery, armoured signal, antichemical warfare, engineer, air defence, air, and electronic countermeasure units.

The 75th Army military headquarters is located in Kunming City, Yunnan Province.

China and the US held a video conference meeting about military crisis communication this week, according to Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian.

This comes after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was forced to deny reports that America was studying a plan to attack the South China Sea using a drone in the event that the presidential election was not looking favourable for Donald Trump.

Tensions between the two militaries have been high regarding the South China Sea this year.

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Mr Esper said the United States has no intention of creating a military crisis with the Chinese".

Mr Wu added: "We urge the U.S. to walk the talk, keep its promise, and take measures to prevent provoking China military in the air and sea."

The Defence Secretary has been touring Asia with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge countries to cooperate with the US to confront the security threats posed by China.

China has criticised the fellow superpower for having a Cold War mentality and zero-sum mindset.

A Pentagon statement about the meeting read: The two sides agreed on the importance of establishing mechanisms for timely communication during a crisis, as well as the need to maintain regular communication channels to prevent crisis and conduct post-crisis assessment."

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China accuses US of starting second COLD WAR after anti-Beijing alliance with India – Daily Express

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper visited New Delhi for talks. On Tuesday they agreed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which will see the US and India share military intelligence.

Both America and India have been unnerved by Chinas growing assertiveness across Asia.

However the move was condemned as provocative by Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for Chinas foreign ministry.

On Wednesday he attacked the new agreement commenting: What it upholds is nothing but the dominating role of the United States and its hegemonic system.

We urge certain U.S. politicians to reject the Cold-War and zero-sum game mentality, and stop making erroneous moves like hyping up the so-called 'China threat,' sowing discord between regional countries, and undercutting regional peace and stability.

We always hold that bilateral relations between countries should be conducive to regional peace, stability and development and should not undermine the legitimate rights and interests of any third party.

All visions on regional cooperation should be in line with the trend of the times, which is peace, development and win-win cooperation.

Relations between the US and China have declined sharply over the past few years with the two clashing on a number of issues.

Washington and Beijing have rowed over trade, COVID-19, Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Chinas treatment of its Uyghur minority.

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Following the deal with India Mr Pompeo said: Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency, nor to freedom of navigation, the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

China has been governed as a dictatorship by the CCP since the countrys long civil war ended in 1949.

Whilst India has historically avoided international alliances tensions with Beijing have forced it to reassess this position.

In June 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a clash with their Chinese counterparts along the two countries contested border.


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Chinese casualties were also reported, though Beijing has refused to release an exact figure.

Following the violence a number of Chinese apps, including TikTok, were banned in India on national security grounds.

During his visit to New Delhi Mr Pompeo took part in a ceremony paying tribute to the dead soldiers.

India and China fought a short war over their contested territory in 1962.

As tensions with Beijing have mounted India has strengthened its alliances with the US, Japan and Australia, fellow members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

The four quad powers claim they are committed to ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have also escalated over control of the South China Sea, the worlds busiest shipping lane.

Chinas claim to the region overlaps with those from five of its neighbours.

To demonstrate their rejection of Chinese sovereignty the US, and a number of other western powers, send warships to conduct freedom of navigation patrols through the area.

Beijing has been building military bases on islands, both natural and artificial, in the South China Sea to support its claim.

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Who is winning the US election – Donald Trump, or is Joe Biden winning? – Daily Express

The US election 2020 has broken records in terms of early voters.

In total, more than 100 million ballots were cast before election day this year equating to more than 72 percent of the total number of early votes cast in 2016.

The US Elections Project, which has tracked the total number of early votes cast in person or via absentee ballots, found 44.9 percent of these early voters were registered Democrats.

This compares to 30.5 percent who were registered as Republicans.

Of the remaining early votes, the US Elections Project found 23.9 had no registered party affiliation and 0.7 percent of voters were registered with minor candidates.

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As Floridas votes are counted Betfair has predicted Mr Trump to win the election.

Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes said: "In an utterly remarkable turn of events, Donald Trump is now the favourite to win the US Election, for the first time since August, and the shortest price he has ever been since being first elected in 2016.

"Likely victories in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Georgia have driven the incumbent President to strong favouritism, leaving challenger Joe Biden floundering.

"While theres a long way to go, Trump is now firmly in the driving seat."

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Kim-Jong un could unveil biggest ever nuclear missile THIS WEEKEND as WW3 fears soar – Daily Express

On Saturday the North Korean military is expected to hold a mass parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of North Koreas communist party.There is also speculation Kim Jong-un is keen to focus attention on his country ahead of the upcoming US presidential election.

North Korean state media has told scientists and technicians to glorify the great October festival following a new development in the field of national defence.

According to Straits Times US and South Korean intelligence a missile larger than anything North Korea is known to possess being transported near the capital Pyongyang.

An official said: The missile is larger than the one they fired in 2017 and we believe they will showcase that at a military parade on October 10.

In November 2017 North Korea test fired the Hwasong-15, currently its largest in-service missile.

Experts have suggested the missile is capable of ranging the entirety of the US mainland.

Speaking to The Sun Online Dr Ramon Pacheco-Pardo, an international relations associate professor at Kings College London, said North Korea could display a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday.

He commented: I think they will unveil something new, intelligence tells us that it probably will be an ICBM.

From what we know, there are indications they are working hard on a new ICBM and that is more threatening to the US.

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At the very least in unveiling a new ICBM you would expect the range to be better.

The range of the current missiles is estimated to reach the whole of the US land mass. But we don't know for sure.

In a sense, any lingering doubts over whether their missiles can reach the US would be gone with a new ICBM.

Dr Pacheco-Pardo said Saturday would be the perfect time for North Korea to unveil a new weapon, coming on both an important internal anniversary and ahead of the US presidential election.


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Satellite analysis by 38 North, a group which monitors events in North Korea, suggest missile carrying vehicles have arrived at the Mirim Parade Training Ground ahead of Saturdays parade.

The group also claims work has taken place to strengthen a key bridge along the parade route.

Speaking to The Sun Online Tom Plant, a nuclear weapons expert at the Royal United Services Institute, argued North Korea is likely to unveil a new missile soon but it may not be over the weekend.

He commented: North Korea has a pretty good heritage of giving the incoming US President something to think about so it pushes them up the agenda.

Whether they do that now, or they until November - who knows.

But they certainly have an interest in doing something, I would be surprised if we do not see something of that nature over the next three to four months.

He continued: The North Korea issue is not going away, and its going to get harder to resolve as times goes on.

North Korea was founded in 1948 out of the part of Korea taken by the Soviet Union after WWII.

The United States controlled area formed the rival anti-communist, and later democratic, South Korea.

A bitter war from 1950 to 1953 pitted the two countries, and their respective allies, against each other leaving several million dead.

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China vs India: Tensions on knife edge as Beijing plan next move in psychological warfare – Daily Express

Chinas Peoples Liberation Army has been releasing reports of military equipment being dropped along its border with India as the two countries prepare to meet.But Indian officials have claimed this is part of Chinas psychological warfare.

Tensions between the two nations have remained high since a clash in June which killed at least 20 Indian soldiers.

India rejected Chinas 1959 claim on its perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at the end of last month.

The two sides are set to meet on 12 October in Ladakh at the 7th military commanders meeting.

At the meeting, India is expecting China to present their position on the LAC perception that is said to be central to resolving the stand-off at the fiction points along the border line in Ladakh.

India will be represented by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh who will be leaving his position on 14 October.

He will be joined by the incoming commander Lieutenant General PGK Menon and the foreign ministrys joint secretary Naveen Srivastava.

China will be represented by the South Xinjiang military commander, Major General Liu Lin.

Top military commanders have reportedly said there is no change in the ground situation in Ladakh.

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Both sides face each other at contested points and there has been no pull-back from either the Chinese or Indian forces.

Chinas PLA has produced articles about armed soldiers and artillery guns being airdropped near the contested LAC.

A former Indian Army chief told Hindustan Times: This begets a question as to why did the PLA build roads to their last posts on the perceived LAC if they still have to paradrop military hardware.

It comes after China accused Indian troops of illegally crossing the Himalayan border last month.

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It said Indian forces fired provocative warning shots at patrolling soldiers.

Beijing said its military were forced to take countermeasures.

India rejected the allegations, accusing Chinese forces of firing in the air during the stand-off in the Ladakh region.

A statement from Indias military said: At no stage has the Indian army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.

India said the PLA tried to approach a forward Indian position near the LAC.

It said Chinese troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate [our] own troops.

If Indias allegations are true, then it would be the first time in 45 years that gun fire has been shot in the area.

A 1996 deal between the two nations has banned the use of guns and explosives on the LAC.

The two sides have fought only one war in 1962 when Indian were defeated.

The contested LAC is poorly defined due to rivers, lakes and snow caps which can cause the line to shift.

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WW3 fears: China ready do ‘whatever it takes’ in chilling Taiwan warning – Daily Express

Meanwhile, in a clear indication of the seriousness which Taiwan itself is taking the situation, its defence ministry today said its armed forces had held anti-landing drills on one of its offshore islands close to China. China itself last week staged a series of military exercises in which 19 jets crossed the median line, which runs down the Taiwan Straits.

We will do whatever it takes to thwart their efforts

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei

The drills were seen as a clear message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was hosting a visit from US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment in a move which has enraged Beijing.

Speaking yesterday, Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense, told reporters: "The island's ruling Democratic Progressive Party has disregarded the safety and well-being of Taiwan compatriots in its efforts to secede and stir up confrontation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

"This scheme for secession has damaged peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, and it is doomed to fail.

"If Taiwan separatist forces dare to attempt Taiwan's secession under any circumstances, we will do whatever it takes to thwart their efforts."

Tan was speaking after Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, said there was no such thing as a "median line", dismissing the concept as one which had been created by the US military in the mid-20th century, raising the ominous prospect of further encroachment.

Separately, Su Xiaohui, deputy director of the China Institute of International Studies, told China Central Television that the US and Taiwan separatists are changing the status quo and "tipping the scale" in the region toward their goal of separating the island from China.

He said: "Some Taiwan separatists and US strategists have grown complacent and believed the arbitrary 'median line' is a red line that China dare not cross. They are sorely mistaken.

"China's official rejection of the existence of the 'median line' will shatter the illusion that the PLA does not have the capability or the will to conduct routine exercises in the region and reunify the country by force."

Also speaking to CCTV, military commentator Song Xiaojun, a military commentator for China Central Television, warned: "If the situation in the Taiwan Straits keeps deteriorating, China may take more extensive, necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty."

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said the drills to repel a landing took place on the Matsu archipelago, which lies just offshore the Chinese city of Fuzhou.

In a post on its Facebook page, it said: "Whether the engine of a fighter plane or the rumbling of artillery, it is a reassuring sound for the national army that is defending the homeland."

The drills took place across the archipelago involving the use of cannons and machine guns, the ministry said, accompanied by pictures of the exercises.

The ministry added: "Please give the greatest applause to these officers and soldiers!

"Be our strongest backers!"

Taiwan has held Matsu, along with Kinmen further down the coast, since defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of the Chinese civil war.

When Taiwan and China last clashed in 1958 it was around the two islands, with Chinese forces carrying out more than a month of bombardments, including naval and air battles.

Today the islands are popular tourist destinations, although Taiwan maintains a sizeable military presence.

Both are regarded as likely targets for Chinese invasion in any war with Taiwan due to their closeness to China.

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WW3 worries: China all set do whatever it takes in chilling Taiwan caution – Entertainment Overdose

Meanwhile, in a clear indication of the seriousness which Taiwan itself is taking the situation, its defence ministry today said its armed forces had held anti-landing drills on one of its offshore islands close to China. China itself last week staged a series of military exercises in which 19 jets crossed the median line, which runs down the Taiwan Straits.

The drills were seen as a clear message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who ws hosting visit from US Under Secretry of Stte for Economic Growth, Energy, nd the Environment in move which hs enrged Beijing.

Speking yesterdy, Senior Colonel Tn Kefei, spokesmn for Chins Ministry of Ntionl Defense, told reporters: The islnds ruling Democrtic Progressive Prty hs disregrded the sfety nd well-being of Tiwn comptriots in its efforts to secede nd stir up confronttion between the Chinese minlnd nd Tiwn.

This scheme for secession hs dmged pece nd stbility in the Tiwn Strits, nd it is doomed to fil.

Similar military exercises on the island of Pingtung last year (Image: GETTY)

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei (Image: NC)

If Tiwn seprtist forces dre to ttempt Tiwns secession under ny circumstnces, we will do whtever it tkes to thwrt their efforts.

Tn ws speking fter Wng Wenbin, spokesmn for Chins Foreign Ministry, sid there ws no such thing s medin line, dismissing the concept s one which hd been creted by the US militry in the mid-20th century, rising the ominous prospect of further encrochment.

Seprtely, Su Xiohui, deputy director of the Chin Institute of Interntionl Studies, told Chin Centrl Television tht the US nd Tiwn seprtists re chnging the sttus quo nd tipping the scle in the region towrd their gol of seprting the islnd from Chin.

The latest exercises simulated soldiers attempts to repel an invasion (Image: GETTY)

He sid: Some Tiwn seprtists nd US strtegists hve grown complcent nd believed the rbitrry medin line is red line tht Chin dre not cross. They re sorely mistken.

Chins officil rejection of the existence of the medin line will shtter the illusion tht the PLA does not hve the cpbility or the will to conduct routine exercises in the region nd reunify the country by force.

Also speking to CCTV, militry commenttor Song Xiojun, militry commenttor for Chin Centrl Television, wrned: If the sitution in the Tiwn Strits keeps deteriorting, Chin my tke more extensive, necessry mesures to sfegurd ntionl sovereignty.

Military drills show how seriously Taiwan takes the prospect of invasion (Image: GETTY)

Taiwan itself has a large military force (Image: GETTY)

Menwhile, Tiwns Defence Ministry sid the drills to repel lnding took plce on the Mtsu rchipelgo, which lies just offshore the Chinese city of Fuzhou.

In post on its Fcebook pge, it sid: Whether the engine of fighter plne or the rumbling of rtillery, it is ressuring sound for the ntionl rmy tht is defending the homelnd.

The drills took plce cross the rchipelgo involving the use of cnnons nd mchine guns, the ministry sid, ccompnied by pictures of the exercises.

Matsu and Kinmen are regarded as vulnerable to invasion (Image: GETTY)

The ministry dded: Plese give the gretest ppluse to these officers nd soldiers!

Be our strongest bckers!

Tiwn hs held Mtsu, long with Kinmen further down the cost, since defeted Ntionlist forces fled to Tiwn in 1949 t the end of the Chinese civil wr.

Taiwans President Tsai Ing-wen (Image: GETTY)

When Tiwn nd Chin lst clshed in 1958 it ws round the two islnds, with Chinese forces crrying out more thn month of bombrdments, including nvl nd ir bttles.n>

Tody the islnds re populr tourist destintions, lthough Tiwn mintins sizeble militry presence.

Both re regrded s likely trgets for Chinese invsion in ny wr with Tiwn due to their closeness to Chin.

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CONFLICT OF NATIONS Brings Real-Time Strategic Modern Combat to iOS and Android Today – Gamasutra

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Hamburg, Germany 4 September 2020. Strategy game development studio Dorado Games and their publisher Bytro Labs are proud to launch Conflict of Nations: WW3 for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Conflict of Nations: WW3 is a free-to-play Long Term Strategy (LTS) game where modern global warfare is waged in real-time between up to 100 players in campaigns spanning days and weeks. Already a hit game on the PC enjoyed by over 1.8 million players, Conflict of Nations can now be played natively on iOS and Android, allowing PC and mobile strategy fans to battle it out in massively-multiplayer warfare scenarios spanning the modern globe.

In Conflict of Nations, players take command of a real-world nation in a struggle for global domination. Units traverse the world map in real time, often taking hours to fulfill their assigned missions and objectives, allowing players to frequently re-visit their running campaigns, taking daily tactical decisions while sending their troops into battle. Each nation must be carefully managed and developed: researching new units, building infrastructure, managing the economy and engaging in diplomacy with other players are essential tools to winning World War III.

Were thrilled to welcome mobile players to Conflict of Nations, says Simon Dotschuweit, Dorado Games Studio Head Whether youre a veteran of countless campaigns or this is your first day on the battlefield, Conflict of Nations is now more accessible than ever before. Use the same account across PC or mobile and youll never be far from the battlefield.

Play Conflict of Nations: WW3 on iOS and Android, join the fight via HTML5 web browser at conflictnations.com, or download and play on Steam.

See the Conflict of Nations mobile launch trailer here, and follow Conflict of Nations on Twitter and Facebook.

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About Dorado

Dorado Games is a video game development studio dedicated to creating digital online games with a focus on deep strategy, appealing to players from all over the world. Founded in Malta in 2011 by a team of game industry veterans whose resumes include Battlestar Online, Eve Online, Codename Panzers and Civilization, the studio is composed of 20+ developers from seven different nations. Released games include Gladiators Online and Conflict of Nations with nearly 2 million registered users. Like their sister company Bytro Labs with whom the latest game was closely developed, Dorado Games is a member of Swedish Stillfront Group AB.

About Bytro

Bytro Labs GmbH is an owner-managed company which develops and publishes technically sophisticated, browser-based and mobile online games including Call of War 1942, Conflict of Nations: World War III (jointly developed with sister company, Dorado Games), Supremacy 1914 and Supremacy 1. Bytros games have been played by over 10 million registered users and are available in 15 different languages. Bytro, part of the Sweden-based global group of gaming studios, Stillfront since 2013, was founded in 2009 by Felix Faber, Tobias Kringe and Christopher Lrken and is based in Hamburg, Germany.

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Russia releases top-secret video of terrifying nuclear bomb that sparked World War 3 panic – Daily Express

The largest-ever hydrogen bomb blast has been shown in declassified Russian video that sparkedWorld War 3 fears during the Cold War. Tsar Bomba was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever built and tested, with more than 3000 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Documentary footage labelled "Top Secret" of the test explosion was released by Russian nuclear energy agency Rosatom in connection with the 75th anniversary of the military nuclear industry.

In the video, the explosion was accompanied by an extremely strong bright flash.

At that time, the carrier aircraft was 45km from the release point.

The flash was then followed by a red-orange glow.

Despite the cloudiness of the day, this was reportedly visible in a radius of up to 1,000km.

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At the site of impact, a dust and dirt column could be seen rising from the ground, quickly increasing in size.

A few seconds after the explosion, the diameter of the dust column was about 10km.

A fire dome from the hot explosion was also visible from the plane located 250km from the detonation point.

In the footage, the bright white light can be seen rising slowly, increasing in volume.

The maximum diameter of the dome reached 20km.

Around 40 seconds after the blast, the dome of fire reached an altitude of 30km.

The clean hydrogen bomb was detonated on October 30, 1961 in accordance with the test program for new samples of hydrogen charges.

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The hydrogen charge was developed by a large team of scientists and designers, and manufactured at the enterprises of the Ministry.

For testing, the charge was placed in an aircraft bomb case capable of holding charges with a yield of 100 megatrons or more.

The explosion was planned to be carried out at a high altitude above the ground using a launch aircraft.

Simultaneously with the preparation of the product, there was the preparation of the TU-95, a long-range heavy bomber, capable of carrying a bomb weighing 26 tons.

To determine the heat and shock pulse, measuring instruments were installed on the aircraft.

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Message to Putin! Moment KGB thugs trying to arrest man are beaten back by protestors – Daily Express

Belarus protesters have been filmed fighting back against secret service operators, believed to be part of Russia's KGB.Widespread rallies and demonstrations have been cropping up across the eastern European country following the election.The vote is widely believed to have been rigged in favour of longtime leader,President Alexander Lukashenko, with the help of Vladimir Putin.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood tweeted a video, saying: "Incredible footage of the KGB attempting the lift a protester -but the people have other ideas. Tensions are rising.

"The UK does not recognise Lukashenkos presidency - as the situation escalates the West should think carefully about pre-empting any Russian aggression."

In the video, plain clothes officers can be seen tackling and apprehending a fleeing protester.

As they attempt to carry him away, a crowd of other demonstrators descends on them, forcing them away.

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Public and political mass events were held in the country.

42 centres of political activity were recorded, according to the Government.

The most active were held in the capital, Minsk.

In total, 32 people were detained throughout the country, pending consideration of cases on administrative violations.

Olga Chemodanova, the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus,wrote: "Dear residents of our country! Spend the last weekend of summer with your family and loved ones. Do not take part in illegal street actions, and most importantly, do not involve your children in such events.

"We remind you once again that for participation in unauthorised public events, administrative liability is provided in the form of a fine of up to 30 base units or administrative arrest.

"Do not remain indifferent, take care of yourself and your loved ones! Great weekend to everyone!"

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President Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, has said he has no intention of stepping down and denies electoral fraud.

Mr Putin has said he has formed a police reserve force to intervene in Belarus if necessary, although "it won't be used until the situation gets out of control".

TheUKand other countries have called onBelarusto halt its violent attacks on peaceful protesters.

Britain's embassy in Minsk condemned "the brutal and disproportionate use of force" by police and the "abuse and humiliation of detainees".

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stated theUKdoes not accept the results of theBelarusianPresidentialelections.

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WW3: Satellite images catch THOUSANDS of Chinese troops stockpiling weapons across border – Daily Express

Back in May 20 Indian soldiers were killed in border clashes with their Chinese counterparts which were fought with metal bars, rocks and clubs.An unconfirmed number of Chinese troops are also believed to have died in the hand-to-hand fighting.

However according to Indias The Print news service, a large concentration of Chinese troops has gathered in the Akasi Chin border region.

Indian military sources told the service this was making the Indian Army cautious about the disengagement process.

They added: There is a fear that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is intentionally delaying the disengagement process to sustain it till winter and then open a new front, possibly in the Northeast.

China withdrew troops from the contested Ladakh area following Mays deadly border clash, but the region remains tense.

Indian media reports satellite images from Shiquanhe in the Tibet Autonomous Region show the build-up of 5,000 Chinese soldiers and their equipment.

Movements were allegedly first detected by Indias EMISAT spy satellites.

In addition to the troops the images purportedly show a large quantity of heavy vehicles and tents.

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Speaking to The Print an Indian Government figure said New Delhi had boosted its own forces in response.

They said: China has built up troops in large numbers.

We, too, have brought in a large number of troops into the Ladakh sector.

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China no longer enjoys the surprise factor.

They had the first-mover advantage in Ladakh initially but they have been countered there and everywhere now.

Following Mays deadly clashes anti-Beijing protests broke out across India.

The Indian Government responded by banning a number of Chinese apps, including TikTok, on national security grounds.

Simon Tack, an analysis from the US Stratfor group, emphasised how important the region is for China.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald he said: Controlling the source and course of rivers that run from Ladakh also provides a great deal of environmental security for China, as the Himalayan mountains in the region are an important source of water to the areas below them on either side.

China initially launched its military push into Ladakh in May, when the region's snow- and ice-covered valleys had just started to thaw.

But as winter begins to settle in November, the entire region will once again be covered in deep snow, which will make a continued build-up of both Chinese infrastructure and troops in Ladakh difficult.

China and India fought a localised month-long war along their contested border in 1962.

The conflict, which left several thousand dead, ended with an uneasy ceasefire.


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China accused of ‘global domination’ plot via COVID-19 spread as ‘Xi wants to rule world’ – Daily Express

Asia political expert and author Gordon Chang accused China's President Xi Jinping of using coronavirus to even the playing field for his dreams of world domination. President Xi Jinping and Chinese officials have repeatedly denied that there is any coronavirus conspiracy and that they have willingly spread the deadly disease, however. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Chang claimed President Xi is keen on China dominating the world rather than see a strong influence from the West.

Mr Chang said: "China wants to rule the world.

"First of all it is a communist country and communism is a world-wide revolutionary movement.

"Also, Xi Jinping has been hinting that the world should be ruled by China.

"He talks about these notions of world-wide Chinese rule. And uses the same imagery and the language of Chinese emperors in that regard.

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"Xi Jinping is making it clear that there shouldn't be a Western civilisation of competing states but there should be this global harmony, essentially China ruling the world."

Mr Chang also claimed he believed China had behaved maliciously during the coronavirus crisis and spread the virus willingly, despite the denial from the Chinese Government.

He said: "China maliciously spread this disease beyond its borders.

"We, of course, don't know what was in Xi Jinping's mind.

"But after having seen what the coronavirus did to cripple China, if he wanted to level the playing field by spreading the disease beyond his borders, he would have done exactly what he did do."

Mr Chang also highlighted past instances that suggested this could be the communist leader's future plan.

He said: "His foreign minister Wang Yi in September 2017 wrote an article that said Xi Jinping thought and it is important to remember that a thought in communist party lingo is an important ideological body of work.

"He wrote that Xi Jinping thought he had made innovations on and transcended 300 years of western international relations thinking.

"If you take 2017 and subtract 300 years you almost get to 1648, so along with his time he was referencing the treaty of Westphalia which established the current international order.


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"By use of the word transcended he was saying that he should be no sovereign states or no more of them than China."

Mr Chang concluded that when combined with Xi Jinping's statements it creates a dangerous rhetoric.

Mr Chang said: "When you put this in connection with Xi Jinping's statements using these imperial era notions we have got to be concerned. We have got to be concerned China doesn't want to compete with Britain or the United States. He wants to overthrow that order with world-wide Chinese rule."

Despite the claims, China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has insited Beijing is willing to work in harmony with the UK.

"It is hard to imagine a global Britain that bypasses or excludes China," he said. "Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, decoupling from growth and decoupling from the future."

The Chinese official added that once the Brexit and COVID-19 issues are dealt with, "there will be unlimited prospects for China-UK co-operation in areas of trade, financial services, science and technology, education and healthcare".

He said he hoped the two countries have "enough wisdom and capabilities" to manage their differences "rather than allowing anti-China forces and Cold War warriors to kidnap the China-UK relationship".

"Great Britain cannot be great without independent foreign policies," he said.

Meanwhile China has consistently urged the United States to stop what it describes as virus slander.

The US should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi said in May.

State Councillor Wang, speaking at his annual news conference on the sidelines of China's parliament, expressed his deep sympathies to the United States for the pandemic.

"Regretfully, in addition to the raging coronavirus, a political virus is also spreading in the United States. This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and smear China," said Wang, who is also China's foreign minister. Some politicians have ignored the most basic facts and concocted too many lies about China and plotted too many conspiracies," he added.

"I want to say here: Don't waste precious time any longer, and don't ignore lives," Wang said. "What China and the United States need to do the most is to first learn from each other and share their experience in fighting against the epidemic, and help each country fight it."

"China has always advocated that, as the world's largest developing country and the largest developed country, both of us bear a major responsibility for world peace and development," he said. "China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation, and lose from confrontation."

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Iran humiliated as they bungle sinking of replica US warship and block vital naval port – Daily Express

The Revolutionary Guard had been bombarding the mock vessel in the hope of "symbolically sinking" it in the Strait of Hormuz prior to re-floating it so it can be reused for similar purposes in the future. However, US naval expert Hal Sutton said all has apparently not gone to plan since the exercise, which was dubbed "Prophet Mohammed 14th".

He added: "It is meant to be reusable and has been symbolically destroyed twice already.

"But now it really has sunk. And in very much the wrong place."

Mr Sutton explained: "It is just outside the harbour entrance to Bandar Abbas, near to the main approach channel.

It is so shallow that other ships face a very real risk of catastrophic damage if they sail over it

Hal Sutton

"It is so shallow that other ships face a very real risk of catastrophic damage if they sail over it.

"In fact, at least as of a couple of days ago, it was partly above water. This is a serious shipping hazard."

Last week's drills saw speedboats swarming round the replica of aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, before ground forces launched attacks and a helicopter fired a missile.

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However, the sinking of the vessel appears to halted Iran's hopes of a repeat performance, certainly in the near future.

If the replica has sunk the bottom of the Strait, Mr Sutton told Forbes Iran would not be able to raise it again - and given how shallow the waters are, it has the potential to pose a major hazard to any ships attempting to enter the harbour.

The use of dummy American warships has become an occasional feature of training by Irans Revolutionary Guards and its naval forces.

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In 2015 Iranian missiles hit another mock-up, also resembling a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Tensions between the US and Iran have rocketed since US President Donald Trump withdrew from Irans 2015 Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action (JPOCA) nuclear deal with six powers and reimposed sanctions which have severely impacted Tehrans oil exports.

Irans Guards in April vowed to destroy US warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf.

Iranian officials have also repeatedly threatened to block Hormuz if Iran is not able to export oil or if its nuclear sites are attacked.

There have also been regular stand-offs between the Iranian Guards and the US military in the Gulf in recent years.

US officials have said closing the Strait would be crossing a red line and America would take action to reopen it.

Iran cannot legally close the waterway unilaterally because part of it is in Omani territorial waters.

However, ships that sail it pass through Iranian waters, which are under the responsibility of the Irans Guards naval force.

Last year, the Stena Impero, a UK-flagged vessel, was seized by the Revolutionary Guard and detained at Bandar Abbas for two months.

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