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World War 3 WARNING: China preparing for MASSIVE conflict warns top US official |James Bickerton – Express UK

31 January 2019

CHINA could be “preparing for World War 3” over the South China Sea dispute according to Senator James Inhofe, chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Republican Congressman made the comments during a Tuesday committee hearing on security threats to the US. China claims ownership of the oil-rich South China Sea. This claim is contested by the US and several of the country’s neighbours.

According to US military newspaper Navy Times Mr Inhofe commented: “It’s like China is preparing for World War 3.

“You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”

China has been fortifying and building bases on islands and artificial reefs in the contested ocean.

The Chinese territorial claim overlaps with rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

The US refuses to recognise the Chinese claim, and regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” with naval forces in the area.

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“It’s like China is preparing for World War 3 (Image: GETTY )

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Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump pictured together in 2017 (Image: GETTY )

Mr Inhofe claimed the American public are underestimating the threat from China in the Pacific.

He warned: “I’m concerned our message is not getting across.

“There’s this euphoric attitude people have had since World War II that somehow we have the best of everything.”

US naval patrols in the South China Sea have led to confrontations with Chinese forces.

Source: Express UK

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