A SENIOR Australian politician has predicted open war between the United States and China within a decade, and “likely in the next three to five years”.
By JAMES BICKERTON
PUBLISHED: 02:07, Thu, Jan 14, 2021 |
The incendiary warning came from Australian Liberal Senator Jim Molan, who predicted Australia would be dragged into the conflict. Separately declassified White House documents reveal the United States does plan to fight if Beijing launches an invasion of Taiwan.
They say the US should stand by the ‘First Island Chain’, which extends from Taiwan down to the South China Sea in the Pacific, as a first line of defence.
China insists the island nation of Taiwan is an integral part of its territory and claims sovereignty over the South China Sea.
Speaking to the Seven Network Mr Molan said: “We are likely in the next three to five years or in the next five to ten years to be involved in a war between China and the United States.
“The possibility of this war occurring by a legitimate reason such as a Chinese invasion of Taiwan which might have some kind of reaction from the US and from us and from the other good nations in the region, or by accident, is fairly high.
There are fears China could launch an invasion of Taiwan (Image: GETTY)
“They are threatening Taiwan every day of the week, they’re interfering in Japanese air space, they have stolen the South China Sea, contrary to any international rules and laws.”
Australian forces fought alongside the US in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The declassified White House security documents were acquired by ABC’s 7.30 programme.
Approved by H.R. McMaster, then Trump’s national security advisor, in 2018 they confirmed the US should defend “the First Island Chain nations, including Taiwan”.
READ MORE: WW3 fears SURGE as Pompeo bolsters US-Taiwan ties in surprise move