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WW3 fears SOAR as Taiwan admits 'we cannot rule out possibility' of war with China

Joseph Wu has accused China of “expansionism” and warned the risk of conflict in the region is “higher than before”. Speaking to ABC TV's The World, he said Taiwan is “feeling the heat” from their neighbour.

Mr Wu told the broadcaster "we cannot rule out that possibility" when asked if the potential for war lay ahead.

He said: "Of course, I cannot predict that the war is going to take place next year or the year after, things like that.

"But if you look at the preparation on the Chinese side, we have to be very concerned about the real prospect of China launching a military attack against Taiwan.

"And as a decision maker I can tell you that we are looking at it with no light heart."

Chinese president Xi Jinping

Chinese president Xi Jinping (Image: Getty)

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (Image: Getty)

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that will form part of the country again in the future.

But many citizens of Taiwan see themselves as Taiwanese, separate from the Chinese.

Mr Wu said the likes of Japan, Australia, India and the US can work to prevent China’s expansionism.

The US has taken a hardline stance against China which led to multibillion dollar arms deals with Taiwan.

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (Image: Getty)

This led to a furious response from Chinese president Xi Jinping.

He told troops at a military base to “put all [their] minds and energy on preparing for war”.

Last month, US marines trained in Taiwan for the first time since 1979.

Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, has said the country “firmly opposes and strongly condemns” the US arms sale.

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Zhao Lijian, China's foreign ministry spokesperson (Image: Getty)

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated this.

She said: "China will resolutely fight back against all attempts that undermine China's core interests and interfere in China's internal affairs."

Australia and China’s relationship also appears to be deteriorating as Beijing imposed new tariffs on Australian products.

Mr Zhao also shared a fake image on Twitter of an Australian soldier appearing to cut the throat of an Afghan child.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: Getty)

China refused to apologise for sharing the graphic image in response to alleged war crimes by Australian troops.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an apology, describing the Tweet as “repugnant”.

But China dismissed it as an attempt to assign blame “for the worsening of bilateral ties” and possibly “attempt to stoke domestic nationalism”.

Robert O’Brien, the US national security adviser, has said China will face “backlash” from “the entire world if they attempted to use military force to coerce Taiwan”.

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