World War 3 fears soar as China STORMS beach in Taiwan Strait assault drill

CHINA has sparked fears of an all-out conflict with Taiwan after footage emerged of a beach assault drill conducted by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).

PUBLISHED: 02:35, Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:35, Wed, Nov 18, 2020

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The simulation, carried out on Tuesday, follows remarks by Chinese state media claiming China’s president Xi Jinping is preparing for multiple armed conflicts. Last month, Newspaper Global Times reported that Mr Xi “said the PLA Navy Marine Corps is an elite force for amphibious operations, and it shoulders the important duties of safeguarding the country's sovereignty security, territorial integrity, maritime interests, and overseas interests.”

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It added: “He urged the PLA Navy Marine Corps to speed up the upgrading of their combat capabilities to forge a powerful troop, with battle-wise soldiers, which is integrated and versatile in operation, swift in response, and capable of fighting under multi-dimensional conditions.

“Chinese military analysts said that the inspection to the corps sent a signal that China will speed up its preparation for any potential military conflict in the water areas and islands in regions like the Taiwan Straits, South and East China Seas, as well as the regions of significant overseas interests, as the strategic pressure from foreign hostile forces against China is increasing.

“Xi said the Marine Corps should focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities, and maintain a high level of readiness, adding that the force should stick to combat-oriented training and strengthen mission-oriented training tailored to the specific needs and force-on-force training.”

The outlet threw its support behind the publication of a "Taiwan secessionists" blacklist, event though just two weeks earlier a former Taiwanese intelligence agent said the release would provoke an open conflict.

China's President Xi JinpingChina's President Xi Jinping (Image: Getty)

The video showing the military drill was taken off the coast of Guangdong in China.

According to the local Times, the region is hosting joint armed forces drills between November 17 and 30.

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