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The relations between the United States and China have drastically soured over the months over many aspects. But as Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge defeat in the elections, World War 3 fears have been reignited especially as China is anticipating what Trump may do in his last few months as president.
Trump lost the US elections to his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who will be sworn into the presidency on January 20, 2021. Until then, Trump remains president yet refuses to concede and recent actions in the form of personnel changes and lack of cooperation in the transition period has foreign adversaries anticipating what else he may do. Shanghai’s Fudan University professor Shen Yi claimed that Trump may try and intensify the conflict between the US and China. Yi claimed that Trump is essentially setting a trap for the incoming Biden administration before he leaves office in January.
This would essentially force Biden to issue a hard stance against China or risk being seen as soft on the communist nation. US National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot has also echoed the same opinion, saying that the Biden administration would have difficulty trying to re-establish diplomatic relations with China due to Trump’s actions. “Unless Beijing reverses course and becomes a responsible player on the global stage, future US presidents will find it politically suicidal to reverse President Trump’s historic actions,” said Ullyot.
China’s continuous claims of sovereignty over the highly disputed South China Sea has led the US to intervene. This has also included Taiwan and Hong Kong’s push for independence, to which China refuses to acknowledge, and the US siding with the two.
Conflicts with the US is only one of the many that China President Xi Jinping is reportedly preparing for. Another conflict that may lead to World War 3 breaking out is with Taiwan, a nation China has claimed is one of its own. Footage from the People’s Liberation Army revealed how the Chinese military is preparing for a possible conflict with Taiwan in a simulation at a beach in the Taiwan strait.
The region, in Guangdong, China, will be hosting joint armed forces drills on November 17 and on November 30.