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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.

READ MORE:Iran attack: Ukranian plane shot down accidentally, says US

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.

President 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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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.

READ MORE:Iran attack: Ukranian plane shot down accidentally, says US

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.

DON'T MISSIran on the brink: Ex-Trump aide exposes exactly why US[INSIGHT]World War 3: Missile strike kills eight pro-Iranian militia members[EXPLAINER]World War 3 outbreak: BBC expert stuns Newsnight in Iran crash claim[ANALYSIS]

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.

President 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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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.

READ MORE:Iran attack: Ukranian plane shot down accidentally, says US

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.

DON'T MISSIran on the brink: Ex-Trump aide exposes exactly why US[INSIGHT]World War 3: Missile strike kills eight pro-Iranian militia members[EXPLAINER]World War 3 outbreak: BBC expert stuns Newsnight in Iran crash claim[ANALYSIS]

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.

President 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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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.

New helicopter landing sites are also said to be pictured.READ MORE:China threat - Fearsome new Indian fighter jets warn China of conflict

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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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.

READ MORE:Iran attack: Ukranian plane shot down accidentally, says US

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.

DON'T MISSIran on the brink: Ex-Trump aide exposes exactly why US[INSIGHT]World War 3: Missile strike kills eight pro-Iranian militia members[EXPLAINER]World War 3 outbreak: BBC expert stuns Newsnight in Iran crash claim[ANALYSIS]

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.

President 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 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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The UN holds widespread opposition to extending the measure, but Mike Pompeo will press ahead with efforts to renew the block on Iran. It is the latest shot at Iran from the US, who have levied tariffs against the country through the UN. In January, the US authorised the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani as an act of self-defence, plunging US/Iran relations to new lows.

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Mr Pompeo sid to reporters hed of the vote: The Security Councils mission is to mintin interntionl pece nd security.n>n>

The council would mke n bsolute mockery of tht mission if it were to llow the worlds leding stte sponsor of terrorism to buy nd sell wepons openly.n>

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Iran news: The US is pressuring the UN to extend arms embargo (Image: PA)

Mike Pompeo has warned that the UN risks making an absolute mockery of peace efforts without the embargo (Image: PA)

Brin Hook, US/Irn envoy, told the Aspen Security Forum tht the embrgo is necessry to prevent brekout of conflict from Irn.n>n>

He sid: For s long s Irn is llowed to enrich, were going to be hving this discussion: How close is Irn to nucler brekout?n>n>

We need to restore the U.N. Security Council stndrd of no enrichment.n>n>

The US-drfted resolution needs t lest nine votes in fvour to force Russi nd Chin to use their vetoes, which they hve signlled they will do.n>

Mr Pompeo made the remarks ahead of a UN vote on the extention (Image: PA)

Mr Trump pulled out of Irans nuclear deal with the UN in 2018 (Image: PA)

The vote on Irns embrgo is expected to fil, nd UN Security Council members hve lredy signlled their opposition to renewing it.n>n>

But even if the vote fils, Mr Pompeo hs suggested the US will invoke snpbck mechnism restoring ll UN snctions on Irn.n>n>

The mechnism ws envisioned in the 2015 nucler del in the event Irn ws proved to be in violtion of the ccord, under which it received billions of dollrs in snctions relief in exchnge for curbs on its nucler progrm.n>n>

Mr Pompeo dded: One wy or nother we will ensure tht the rms embrgo will be extended.n>n>

Were not going to let the rms embrgo expire on October 18.n>

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Mr Trump pulled out of Irns nucler del with the UN in 2018, nd hs since reimposed penlties on the country.n>n>

In response, Irn hs stepped up urnium enrichment nd hevy wter production to levels well outside the limits imposed in the del.n>n>

But the remining members in the 2015 del hve refused to llow the US to invoke snpbck mesures.n>n>

Administrtion officils nd Irn hwks rgue tht s permnent member of the Security Council, the US remins prty to the seprte UN resolution tht endorsed the del nd still hs the legl grounds to cll for the reimposition of snctions.n>

The US has reimposed sanctions onto Iran, causing economic hardship (Image: Express)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said: No logic dictates giving into the aggressors demands. (Image: PA)

Irn hs hit out ginst Mr Trumps dministrtion, nd on Fridy refused to reenter tlks with the US.n>n>

Speking out ginst Mr Trumps snctions nd tlks to reduce them, supreme leder Aytollh Ali Khmenei sid: This old mn in chrge, he pprently mde some propgnd use out of his negotitions with North Kore. Now he wnts to use this for the election.n>n>

No logic dicttes giving into the ggressors demnds.n>n>

He lso ccused Europen prtners in the nucler del of hving done nothing to provide economic benefits from the ccord, nd ttcked their brter system designed to bypss US snctions s useless plything.n>

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WHO infighting erupts as France and Germany quit reform talks over ‘rude’ Trump demands – Daily Express

Officials confirmed both countries had bowed out of meetings, with one source saying it was not acceptable for the United States to take charge of the overhaul process as it is leaving the WHO. President Trump has been fiercely critical of the United Nations agency over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and in July announced the US would be pulling out of the WHO.

America will officially withdraw from the body next year.

Mr Trump had claimed the WHO had leaned too close to China, where the novel coronavirus was first detected late last year.

The WHO has dismissed his accusations.

While European leaders have also been critical of the Organisation's handling of the crisis, they have not gone as far as to withdraw their membership.

The departure of Paris and Berlin from the negotiating tables is a major setback for Mr Trump just three months before Americans head to the polls for the November 3 election.

The Republican president had hoped to issue a common roadmap for a sweeping overhaul of the WHO in September.

A senior European official involved in the talks said the US should not lead the meetings if it did not want to remain a member.

They said: "Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO."

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American officials have not said what reforms Washington has sought but an initial reform roadmap proposed by Washington was seen by many of its allies as too critical, with one European official involved in the negotiations describing it as "rude".

Asked to confirm the decision by Paris and Berlin, spokesmen for the government of G7 members Germany, France, Britain and Italy declined to comment.

But France's health ministry said in a statement that it was not the US team's place to "take the lead".

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The ministry said: "The US should not take the lead in the WHO reform process after announcing their intention to leave the organisation."

Asked about the position of France and Germany, a senior Trump administration official said the decision of both countries to quit was regrettable.

The official said: "All members of the G7 explicitly supported the substance of the WHO reform ideas.

"Notwithstanding, it is regrettable that Germany and France ultimately chose not to join the group in endorsing the roadmap."

The talks on WHO reform began about four months ago.

There have been nearly 20 teleconferences between health ministers from the Group of Seven industrialised nations, and dozens of meetings of diplomats and other officials.

A deal by the G7, which also includes Japan and Canada, would facilitate talks at the G20 and United Nations.

Any changes would have to be agreed with China, Russia and other major governments not in the G7, at a UN meeting.

It is unclear whether a G7 summit in the US, at which President Trump hopes leaders will endorse the roadmap, will now go ahead in September as planned.

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WW3 warning: Russia and China investing in submarines to target US – Daily Express

The chilling claims were made by Lt Gen Glen VanHerck as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of his confirmation process to be the Commander of US Northern Command. Lt Gen VanHerck currently serves as director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.

He told the hearing on Tuesday that he expects a "full challenge" from America's adversaries if he is approved for the top level position.

At at the front of the pack, he said, would be Russia and China.

He discussed how the US has found itself in a new situation as both Moscow and Beijing work to find ways to challenge America's global military dominance.

Lt Gen VanHerck said the national security challenge faced by the US today is more serious than it has been in more than three decades.

He also said America's foes, particularly China and Russia had been closely "watching" the US to plan their next moves.

He told senators: "Over 32 years of service, I don't think I've ever seen as strategic and dynamic a national security challenge as we have today.

"Over the last three decades, our competitors and potential adversaries have watched the United States and our way of deterring and our way of competing and our way of conflict.

"They have taken the opportunity to adapt to that environment by watching us, specifically China and Russia, across all domains."

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He went on to single out Russia, which he says boasts sophisticated submarines which can carry weapons capable of hitting the US

He added: "Russia develops strategic capabilities, such as their submarines, which now are a significant challenge for tracking and pose the potential for cruise missiles that can strike the homeland."

And he warned that China would follow the Russians down the same route.

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He said the Chinese "will do the same" as the Russians "in the not so distant future as they continue to develop their capabilities and become more expeditionary."

His warning comes days after Russia's strongman president said the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ministry said were in their final phase of testing.

President Putin, who says he does not want an arms race, has often spoken of a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unequalled and can hit almost anywhere in the world.

Some Western experts have questioned how advanced they are.

The weapons, some of which have yet to be deployed, include the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone, designed to be carried by submarines, and the Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, which can be deployed on surface ships.

Meanwhile China has also been busy investing in new defence systems and earlier this year showcased two new submarines.

The vessels are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

The country's navy deployed the latest additions back in April.

The subs shore up the third leg of China's nuclear triad - which is based on air, land and sea defence systems.

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WW3: Satellite pictures capture THOUSANDS of Chinese troops stockpiling tools across border – Entertainment Overdose

Bck in My 20 Indin soldiers were killed in border clshes with their Chinese counterprts which were fought with metl brs, rocks nd clubs.An unconfirmed number of Chinese troops re lso believed to hve died in the hnd-to-hnd fighting.n>

However ccording to Indis The Print news service, lrge concentrtion of Chinese troops hs gthered in the Aksi Chin border region.

Indin militry sources told the service this ws mking the Indin Army cutious bout the disenggement process.

They dded: There is fer tht the Peoples Libertion Army (PLA) is intentionlly delying the disenggement process to sustin it till winter nd then open new front, possibly in the Northest.

Chin withdrew troops from the contested Ldkh re following Mys dedly border clsh, but the region remins tense.n>

China has reportedly deployed extra troops to its Indian border (Image: GETTY)

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in border clashes in May (Image: GETTY)

Indin medi reports stellite imges from Shiqunhe in the Tibet Autonomous Region show the build-up of 5,000 Chinese soldiers nd their equipment.

Movements were llegedly first detected by Indis EMISAT spy stellites.

In ddition to the troops the imges purportedly show lrge quntity of hevy vehicles nd tents.

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Speking to The Print n Indin Government figure sid New Delhi hd boosted its own forces in response.

They sid: Chin hs built up troops in lrge numbers.

We, too, hve brought in lrge number of troops into the Ldkh sector.

The tlks re very protrcted, nd it seems Chin is intentionlly drgging them.DONT MISSn>

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Chinese forces have reportedly been reinforced along the Indian border (Image: GETTY)

India has responded to Chinas move with its own military buildup (Image: GETTY)

Chin no longer enjoys the surprise fctor.

They hd the first-mover dvntge in Ldkh initilly but they hve been countered there nd everywhere now.

Following Mys dedly clshes nti-Beijing protests broke out cross Indi.

The Indin Government responded by bnning number of Chinese pps, including TikTok, on ntionl security grounds.n>

Simon Tck, n nlysis from the US Strtfor group, emphsised how importnt the region is for Chin.

Speking to the New Zelnd Herld he sid: Controlling the source nd course of rivers tht run from Ldkh lso provides gret del of environmentl security for Chin, s the Himlyn mountins in the region re n importnt source of wter to the res below them on either side.

Chin initilly lunched its militry push into Ldkh in My, when the regions snow- nd ice-covered vlleys hd just strted to thw.n>

India and China fought a short border was in 1962 (Image: GETTY)

But s winter begins to settle in November, the entire region will once gin be covered in deep snow, which will mke continued build-up of both Chinese infrstructure nd troops in Ldkh difficult.n>

Chin nd Indi fought loclised month-long wr long their contested border in 1962.n>

The conflict, which left severl thousnd ded, ended with n unesy cesefire.n>

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South China Sea fury: US issues alarming warning as tensions threaten to erupt – WW3 fears – Daily Express

The South China is a highly contested area with China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all laying claim to parts of the archipelago. In recent weeks, the US has increased its military presence in the region.

Diplomatic relations between the nations, which have laid claim to the islands, are already extremely strained.

China has recently constructed several military bunkers on some of the atolls, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.

And now, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has issued an alarming warning to Beijing and called for other nations to counter against China.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Pompeo said: The United States policy is crystal clear: the South China Sea is not Chinas maritime empire.

If Beijing violates international law and free nations do nothing, history shows the CCP will simply take more territory.

China Sea disputes must be resolved through international law.

Back in May, Independence-class US Navy littoral combat ships were spotted patrolling the much-disputed South China Sea.

The US Air Force and Marines conducted training exercises in the area with three submarines joining ships and aircraft in the nearby Philippine Sea.

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The actions are thought to be a reaction to Chinese harassment of ships drilling for resources in nearby waters.

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, said at the time: The versatility and flexibility of Independence-variant littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Southeast Asia is a game-changer.

Like Montgomerys previous operations, Gabrielle Giffords operations near West Capella (the drillship) demonstrate the depth of capability the US Navy has available in the region.

There is no better signal of our support for a free and open Indo-Pacific than positive and persistent US Naval engagement in this region.

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Earlier today, a South China Sea expert Hu Bo warned of a potential conflict between the US and China is on the cards.

Speaking to CGTN, the Director of the Center for Maritime Strategy Research said: "Although the US has been trying to decouple from China in other areas, they are still closely connected.

"The chances of a large-scale conflict happening are small.

"But a medium or small-scale conflict is possible, such as two warships hitting each other or occasional crossfire since the two countries warships and aircraft encounter each other."

Over recent weeks, China has confronted several foreign ships passing through the region.

Last week, five Australian warships arrived in the region to show support for US and Japanese militaries.

However, they were stopped by Chinese vessels after it was reported Beijing had test-fired live weapons nearby.

Commodore Michael Harris, commander of the Australian Joint Task Group, said: "The opportunity to work alongside the US and Japanese is invaluable.

"Maintaining security and safety at sea requires navies to be able to co-operate seamlessly.

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China launches fresh attack on UK in retaliation for poisoned ties with Beijing – Daily Express

Chinas ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, warned the UK it would pay the price if it shunned Beijing.Mr Xiaoming was remarking on the heated disputes over the Hong Kong tech giant Huawei and the alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

He said Britain was at a critical historical juncture in how it wanted to treat China.

The Chinese ambassador also appeared to reference Donald Trumps administration by cautioning the UK against allowing Cold War warriors to further damage relations.

Mr Xiaoming was speaking at a live news conference broadcast on Twitter when he made his remarks.

He rejected any claims made about the abuses towards Uighur Muslims.

During the conference, he also criticised the Governments decision to exclude Huawei from the UKs 5G network.

He also urged the UK not to interfere with Chinas affairs in Hong Kong.

He said: These actions have seriously poisoned the atmosphere of the China-UK relationship.

China respects UK sovereignty and has never interfered in the UKs internal affairs.

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It is important the UK will do the same - namely, respect Chinas sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kongs affairs, which are Chinas internal affairs, so as to avoid further damage to the China-UK relationship.

Mr Xiaoming said his comments were intended to threaten nobody.

He added: We just let you know the consequences.

People regard some of my remarks as threatening words.

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I think they quote my remarks out of context.

But, if you do not want to be our partners and our friends, you want to treat China as a hostile country, you will pay the price.

That means you will lose the benefits of treating China as opportunities, as friends.

And you will bear the consequences of treating China as a hostile country.

Mr Trumps administration has encouraged allies to distance themselves from Beijing.

Britains Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has said the UK-China relations would not return to normal amid the disputes between the two countries.

The Chinese ambassador urged the UK not to follow in the footsteps of other countries.

Mr Xiaoming said: Its our hope that the UK would resist the pressure and coercion from a certain country and provide an open, fair, transparent and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese investment so as to bring back the confidence of Chinese business in the UK.

He added: Its hard to imagine a global Britain that bypasses or excludes China.

Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, decoupling from growth and decoupling from the future.

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WW3: Dangerous space first as Russia fires weapon from one satellite to another – Daily Express

The aggressive act, authorised by Vladimir Putin, is being seen by defence experts as the first strike on a whole new battle front. Head of the UK militarys Space Directorate said debris resulting from the weapon's deployment was jeopardising satellites vital for the planet.

Precise details of the anti-satellite weapon are unclear but it was launched from Russias Cosmos 2543 satellite and it came close to a second Russian satellite. It is not known if the failure to strike a direct hit was seen as a failure of the test-launch.

But General John W Raymond, head of US Space Command, said: This is further evidence of Russias continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlins published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk.

The Kremlin has previously carried out low-level tests with weapons in orbit but nothing of this proportion.

One UK defence source said: This is using a satellite as a space weapon. It is a step in the direction of turning space into a new frontline.

A second added: Theyve crossed a line when it comes to the scale of this.

The UK relies on satellites for communications, navigation and weather forecasting.

Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, chief of the Ministry of Defences space directorate, said: We are concerned by the manner in which Russia tested one of its satellites by launching a projectile with the characteristics of a weapon.

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Actions of this kind threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and the space systems on which the world depends.

He added: We call on Russia to avoid any further such testing.

We also urge Russia to continue to work constructively with the UK and other partners to encourage responsible behaviour in space.

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Cosmos 2543 was fired into orbit on a Soyuz rocket that was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north-west Russia on November 26.

A second satellite was linked to it, which separated from it 11 days after the release.

US President Donald Trump said in a phone call last night to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hoped they could avert an expensive three-way arms race between the US, China and Russia.

General John Raymond, head of US space command, said it was consistent with the Kremlins published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk.

The US State Department has expressed its concerns that Russian satellites have traits of a space-based weapon.

Dr Christopher Ford, the US assistant secretary of state, said: This event highlights Russias hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control, with which Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counterspace program.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the House of Commons on Wednesday that the UK was deeply vulnerable in space.

He added: The threat against space is regretfully real, our adversaries are weaponizing space and we are deeply vulnerable in the West from those types of actions because we rely so much on space assets.

This is further evidence of Russia's continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin's published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk.

The UK said the firing of the projectile with the characteristics of a weapon and warned that it could threaten the peaceful use of space.

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End of the world: Conspiracy theorists say Doomsday and WW3 is COMING – claim – Daily Express

Doomsdayers are back on the end of the world prophecy, after analysing signs of the Bible. Some conspiracy theorists are saying the signs of the end times were written in the Bible, and now they are coming to fruition.

Once such sign is the emergence of a global pandemic like coronavirus, which would threaten all life, which Christian website End Times Truth says was spoken of in the Bible.

End Times said: The prophets saw a time of tremendous upheaval and destruction just before the end of this age.

"Some of them predicted that fire would consume all the works of man, while others said it would be a time of thick clouds and darkness.

"Jesus predicted that immediately before He returns the world would experience a time of trouble unparalleled in history where all life would be threatened.

Another sign which is spoken of is a world war, with End Times Truth predicting a likely war which will end in Israel, where Armageddon will take place.

The website said: "The prophets saw a time of tremendous upheaval and destruction just before the end of this age.

"Some of them predicted that fire would consume all the works of man, while others said it would be a time of thick clouds and darkness.

"Jesus predicted that immediately before He returns the world would experience a time of trouble unparalleled in history where all life would be threatened.

"In the Bible, this time is called the Great Tribulation. The prophets predicted that it would start with a war in the Middle East and lead to a global battle.

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"People today call this World War III, and it ends with a frightening nuclear exchange, which will devastate the world."

Ultimate, the End Times Truth says the end is very near, although there is little - or no - evidence this is the case.

The website said: "The recent fulfilment of End Times Biblical prophecy proves that we are now living in the Last Days.

"Predictions made thousands of years ago are coming true in our generation as never before. This means that the Return of Christ is drawing near, and there is not much time left before judgement comes.

"The current world system of evil is about to end in a fiery conflagration, and a spectacular new world of peace will be set up in its place by the Lord himself."

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WW3: Russia ramps up its military force with nuclear powered submarines – Daily Express

Two upgraded nuclear-powered submarines were laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard in Russia on Monday.The two submarines will get hypersonic weapons according to Sevmashs chief executive.

Sevmash CEO, Mikhail Budnichenko, said: Today we are laying down ships with hypersonic weapons, which are the future of the Russian submarine fleet.

President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony for the Russian Navys first helicopter carriers at the Zaliv Shipyard on the Crimean Peninsula on Monday.

He said the two submarines, Project 885M Yasen-M, would be named the Voronezh and the Vladivostok in honour of the Russian military glory cities.

On Monday, three leading Russian shipyards simultaneously laid down six new ocean-going ships.

Two are universal amphibious assault ships in Kerch on the Crimean Peninsula.

Another two ships are frigates in St.Petersburg and two others are nuclear-powered submarines.

President Putin said the universal amphibious assault ships and the frigates will be named after Russian glorified military and naval commanders.

He said the commanders did much for strengthening the navy.

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The contract for building the multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines was signed last year at the Army-2019 international arms show.

The upgraded lead submarine is being prepared for its delivery to the Russian navy in 2020.

The submarines will carry hypersonic missiles as their basic weapons.

This comes as Russian and NATO militaries are increasing their activities in the Arctic.

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Both are seeking to heighten their presence in the region as rising temperatures make the area more accessible, according to Business Insider.

Russian and NATO forces are in close proximity in the European Arctic.

In 2018, a US aircraft carrier flew above the Arctic Circle for the first time since the 1990s.

Since then, US navy ships have travelled to the high north several times.

In May, US navy surface ships sailed into the Barents Sea for the first time in over 30 years.

Russia called the US exercise provocative and conducted their own live-fire exercise days later.

General Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of the US Air Forces in Europe, told Business Insider: The Arctic remains a key area for us to continue to best understand how we will operate up there, and key to me for that is how we operate with our partners.

In 2019, US airmen travelled to an island in the Norwegian Sea to test if military transport aircraft could land there.

This US exercise in 2019 alarmed Russia.

Mr Harrigian said it was crystal clear US partners have the best understanding of the Arctic so our reliance on them, and the interaction, as demonstrated by our visit up there to learn from our partners, is really going to be key to our success.

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Big Brother Evictees Slam Fame-Hungry Housos Who Plan To Start ‘WW3’ At The Live Eviction – Pedestrian TV

The Big Brother finale is right around the corner and all your fave former Housemates have just touched down in Sydney in honour of the blessed event.

But not all of the Housemates are quite so happy to see each other as theres a rumour that certain members of the team plan on causing a scene at the live finale.

The most recently evicted contender Sarah McDougal has just thrown some shade at her peers and the tea is extra tasty.

I think some of the people who left earlier on in the series are going to try and blow it up to get their 10-seconds of fame, she told Daily Mail Australia.

Sarah was evicted in last nights episode. (Credit: Seven)

The army cadet said shes trying to roll with the punches. If someone has something to say, Ill definitely say something back. Im just keen to celebrate the final three.

She went on to diss the fame-hungry Housemates who she believes never had an impact on the game.

I think the only people hoping it blows up never had an impact on the game and theyre just trying to get back in the spotlight for their 20-seconds, she said.

Especially in the environment we were in, some people thought they would become more of a household name than it actually did become.

I would be disappointed if people went to the finale with the sole expectation to start drama, because its all in the past and were all adults, she concluded.

Its one or two people that are starting all this drama and its solely for them to get their name back out there, she said, adding that it was so frustrating for her.

Meanwhile, Kieran Davidson told the publication that he reckons World War Three will break out at the live finale.

He claimed tensions had been high between some housemates after a secret mole leaked private messages from a group chat between the cast.

I still speak with everyone, Im quite a social person, but it will be very different to see how it all plays out [for everyone else] at the finale, Kieran said.

The live finale is set for Wednesday night.

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