WW3 fears grow as China boasts US have ‘no chance’ of stopping Taiwan invasion

World War Three fears are growing after the war of words between China and the USA escalated, with the communist state boasting America would have "no chance" of stopping an invasion of Taiwan.

Military expert Du Wenlong, who is based at China's Military Culture Society, said US plans to stall a potential Chinese military invasion of Taiwan would result in failure.

When asked if their potential military strike on the island could be prevented by the US, Mr Wenlong said that American troops would have "no chance to intervene" as Chinese forces could arrive in Taiwan "in a very short amount of time".

Taiwan has never been officially governed by China's Communist party. But earlier this year President Xi Jinpeng pledged a "complete unification" with the Taiwanese island in a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of the political party.

It appears China also has a combative plan of action if an invasion were to happen and Mr Wenlong has told China's state-controlled broadcaster CCTV that they "will have completed all combat tasks" in Taiwan before US forces even have the chance to arrive.

This warning from China comes amid rising tensions in the seas around Taiwan where the US and Japan are reportedly holding joint military exercises.

China claims that last week it "drove away" a US warship that had entered internationally disputed waters and the Chinese military accused US President Joe Biden of displaying "provocative actions".

This comes five years after it was ruled by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands, that China had no historic claim over the South China Sea, a ruling which Beijing has vowed to disregard.

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The US has also angered Beijing after signing a $2.2 billion (£1.6 billion) weapons deal with Taiwan's capital Taipei to boost its defences.

In direct response, China is holding a six-day war games drill around 155 miles north of Taiwan.

China has already threatened Japan on the eve of the Olympics that if they were to intervene in their invasion of Taiwan then they would declare "full-scale war" against them.

In a now-deleted video from a video channel, allegedly approved by the Chinese Communist Party, the narrator stated: "We will use nuclear bombs first. We will use nuclear bombs continuously.

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"We will do this until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time.

“When we liberate Taiwan, if Japan dares to intervene by force – even if it only deploys one soldier, one plane or one ship – we will not only return fire but also wage full-scale war against Japan itself.”

Taro Aso, Japan's Deputy Prime Minister said his troops would "defend Taiwan, under our alliance with the US".

An article in China's state controlled publication has given insight to their three stage plan to invade Taiwan which would begin with missile attacks, followed by cruise missile attacks and finally land-based attacks.

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If an invasion of Taiwan were to take place it could lead to the involvement of more international powers and potentially spark World War Three.

Washington's regional allies South Korea, Japan and Australia could be dragged into the conflict as could Nato forces, such as the UK, due to their alliance to the US.

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