An expert has warned that China will spark the “next major global conflict” as World War 3 fears heighten with tensions rising between China and Taiwan.

LBC radio presenter Maajid Nawaz addressed the rise in military action off the Chinese coast show as he reflected on news that Chinese forces were performing drills over Taiwanese airspace just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping declared intentions to “reunify” the countries.

The expert, who founded counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, claimed that the impending annexation of Taiwan will end up with a conflict that could spark another major world conflict.

He added that the potential downfall of democracy in Taiwan is “a practical, moral concern to have”.

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Mr Nawaz said: “You’re talking about a corporatist one-party state using technology to turn humans into a commodity for the sake of pursuing macro profit.

“The concern with Taiwan is we lose yet another democracy and China, as it did with Hong Kong, turns Taiwan into a tyranny.

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China has threatened to take Taiwan by force

“Let’s say China invades Taiwan by 2025, I think we have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

“What prepares for the worst means is this country has to be ready to stand on its own two feet if there’s a shock to the global world order in the form of a war.”

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Tensions between China and Taiwan have been rising following the threat of a high-tech war as the Chinese have vowed to unify the countries by force.

Fears China will start World War Three have been mounting since China sent bombers into Taiwan air space in what was called an ‘invasion war game.’

Experts fear China could "spark the next major global conflict"
Experts fear China “will spark the next major global conflict”

The Chinese military incursion involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, an anti-submarine aircraft, and four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, according to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry.

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Reports say the Taiwanese air force responded by scrambling combat aircraft, issuing radio warnings and deploying air defence missile systems to monitor the activity.

The Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the coast of China, roughly northeast of the island of Pratas, according to a map provided by the ministry.

China wants to bring Taiwan back under the state’s control to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party.

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