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China sparks WW3 fears after warning warships will sail into US waters near Hawaii amid South China Sea dispute

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CHINA has sparked World War 3 fears after warning it will sail warships into US waters near Hawaii.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington DC are reaching boiling level over the South China Sea after US Naval ships cruised into the contested waters.

China has warned it will sail warships into US watersCredit: CCTV
Beijing claimed the US sailing ships into the South China Sea claimed 'deliberately provoked disputes' in the area
Beijing claimed the US crusing ships into the South China Sea claimed ‘intentionally provoked disputes’ within the spaceCredit: Getty

The US Navy introduced final week that the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group had entered the realm for the primary time throughout its present deployment.

The group’s commander, Rear Admiral Dan Martin, said in a statement: “The freedom of all nations to navigate in international waters is important, and especially vital in the South China Sea, where nearly a third of global maritime trade transits each year.”

It fuelled tensions additional when one ship in the group, the USS Benfold, carried out a “freedom of operation” train near the Spratly Islands that got here inside 12 miles of a reef claimed by China.

Retaliating, China’s state media hit out on the deployment of the ships within the extremely contested space – warning US warships will sail in direction of the US.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, tweeted: “Hopefully when Chinese warships cross by the Caribbean Sea or present up near Hawaii and Guam someday, the US will uphold the identical customary of freedom of navigation.

“That day will come soon.”

The US Navy responded to his feedback by saying they’ve “upheld the standards of freedom of navigation longer than the PLA navy has existed”.

China claims virtually the entire 1.3 million square-mile South China Sea as its territory.

In response, the United States and its allies, together with the UK, sail warships by the ocean in freedom of navigation operations to problem its declare.

Former US admiral says the allies ought to be involved about China’s “aggressive” actions within the disputed waters as he branded Beijing “their own worst enemy”.

“I think it’s very important that we do everything that we can to prevent an escalation and open warfare with the PRC [People’s Republic of China],” retired Admiral Harry Harris informed ABC.

“I think no one wants that. We don’t want that. The Chinese don’t want it. No one wants it, really. But we have to be alert to aggressive Chinese behaviour, both in the military space and in the economic space.

“The PRC, its own bad behaviour, that demonstrates to others just how bad it is. And so, you know, they are their own worst enemy.”

It comes after Japan’s defence ministry warned on Sunday {that a} submarine believed to be from China was noticed in waters near its southern islands.

On Friday, Japan’s navy recognized a submerged vessel crusing simply outdoors territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, the ministry stated in a press release. A Chinese destroyer was additionally noticed within the neighborhood.

Tokyo has complained of quite a few intrusions by Chinese vessels of its territorial waters and near disputed islands in recent times.

WAR GAMES

Meanwhile, China has been ramping up island “invasion” conflict video games – whereas Taiwan has been creating a brand new “carrier killer” warship.

This yr Beijing has worryingly been ramping up naval drills to check their means to grab an Island.

In the primary half of 2021, China carried out 20 workout routines involving island seize – in comparison with simply 13 in the entire of 2020.

And now China’s Maritime Administration has introduced that an space within the west of the Leizhou Peninsula will be cordoned off to site visitors on Thursday and Friday, due to “live-fire exercises”.

It comes after Taiwan’s president this month oversaw the commissioning of a brand new warship amid heightened tensions.

The ship – nicknamed the “carrier killer” – is designed to have air protection capabilities and might carry anti-ship missiles.

China regards Taiwan as a part of its territory and has lengthy threatened to make use of drive to carry it below its management – and has additionally repeatedly warned the US towards providing any help Taipei that might threaten its declare.

Now, Beijing has warned of “severe” navy penalties towards Taiwan if Washington permits the self-ruled island to alter the identify of its consultant workplace within the US.

On Friday, a Financial Times report stated that Joe Biden was contemplating permitting the workplace to alter its identify from the “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” (TECRO) to the “Taiwan Representative Office.”

But state-run paper Global Times warned that this type of change would anger China and trigger “severe” navy penalties.

The piece learn: “If the U.S. and the Taiwan island change the names, they’re suspected of touching the purple line of China’s Anti-Secession Law, and the Chinese mainland will need to take extreme financial and navy measures to fight the conceitedness of the U.S. and the island of Taiwan.

“At that time, the mainland should impose severe economic sanctions on the island and even carry out an economic blockade on the island, depending on the circumstances.”

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