China attack on US would be ‘out of the blue’ like Pearl Harbor, warns ex-chief

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China could launch an attack reminiscent of Pearl Harbor and start World War 3, and we wouldn't know about it.

The claim has come from a former Australian army major general.

Jim Molan made the comments in the wake of increasing tensions between China and the rest of the world over Taiwan.

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Speaking to Sky News Australia, he said: “'The Chinese can attack out of the blue in a similar fashion to Pear Harbor. They will attack American resources in the Western Pacific.

“Having removed America from the Western Pacific they say to Taiwan, well, Taiwan, what are you going to do now? Are you going to fight on without the Americans backing you up? Of course they're not.

“Whatever it will be, that war will be high technology, it will be sharp, it will be fast – and we won't have a clue that it's coming.”

Tension with Taiwan went up another notch this week as the former launched "precision missile strikes" around the latter during its military exercises.

The missile strikes were a punishment for Taiwan who welcomed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week, with the aim of demonstrating the US' commitment to Taiwan's democracy.

John Kirby, the White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council representative, warned that China could respond with missile strikes near Taiwan to demonstrate its disapproval of a US politician visiting the region.

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Footage of multiple Dongfeng series missiles being fired was shown by state media, while videos of beachgoers staring at the missiles were posted on social media.

The last time China had fired missiles into waters surrounding Taiwan was in 1996 and has since sparked fears that World War 3 might be a possibility.

“Long-range armed live fire precision missile strikes were carried out on selected targets in the eastern area of the Taiwan Strait,” confirmed the Eastern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army – the ruling Communist Party’s military wing.

They added: "The expected outcome was achieved,” as well as stating it had "comprehensively tested the combat capability of the troops under actual combat conditions.”

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