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China says war with U.S. under Trump could be "reality"

China says war with U.S. under Trump could be "reality"War with the U.S. under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said, according to The Independent on Sunday.

The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America's new administration.

They communicated a view from inside the Central Military Commission, which has overall authority of China’s armed forces.

Quoted in the South China Morning Post, the official from the Commission’s Defence Mobilisation Department wrote: “A war ‘within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”

The official also called for military deployments in the tense South and East China Seas and for a missile defence system to guard the Korean peninsula, another regional hotspot.

The U.S. should also reconsider its strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, the official wrote.

Trump and members of his administration have consistently voiced a hard line against China. Trump has branded the country a “currency manipulator” and accusing the country of underhand trading and economic tactics. But more significantly in security terms, Trump has also ignored the US’s longstanding ‘One China’ policy, publicly engaging with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, in a move that was hugely antagonising for Beijing.

Further suggestions China is preparing for conflict emerged this week, with unconfirmed reports the military has moved long range missiles closer to the north east border in Heilongjiang province - within firing range of the US.

Chinese social media has carried pictures claiming to show the Dongfeng-41 advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system near the Russian border.

Provocative state-run tabloid The Global Times suggested the People’s Liberation Army could have leaked the photos on social media as a warning to Trump.

However, Chinese President Xi Jinping has also recently called for the reduction of nuclear weapons.
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