Taiwan invasion: China 'rehearsing takeover' of island – horrifying warning sent to Trump

And the slightest misjudgement by either Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, or US President Donald Trump, risks triggering a catastrophic war, it has been claimed. Meanwhile any bid by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to follow health chief Alex Azar in visiting the island would result in Chinese jets flying over Taiwan itself, it was suggested. The terrifying series of warnings was issued in an editorial in state-run Chinese newspaper the Global Times.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed its Eastern Theater Command to take part in a real-combat military exercise close to the Taiwan Straits starting on Friday.

China sent 19 aircraft towards Taiwan from four separate directions, all of which crossed the key ‘median line’ boundary which separates mainland China from the island on multiple occasions.

Referring to recent visits to Taiwan by US officials including health supremo Alex Azar, the Global Times wrote: “Every time a high-ranking US official visits Taiwan, the fighter jets of the PLA should be one step closer to the island.”

Significantly, the editorial added: “If the US secretary of state or secretary of defense comes to Taiwan, the PLA should fly its aircraft over the island and conduct exercises above it.

“The missiles we test should also fly over Taiwan, even its ‘Presidential Office Building’.

China Xi Jinping

China, led by Xi Jinping, staged the drills last week (Image: GETTY)

Fighter pilot

A Chinese fighter pilot over the Taiwan Straits (Image: NC)

“If Taiwan authorities continue to act aggressively, such scenarios will definitely come true.”

The exercises had sent two signals, the editorial said.

Firstly, China’s Ministry of National Defense spokesman had made it clear it was in response to what was referred to as the “frequent collusion” between the US and Taiwan, specifically the visit of US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach.

Second, the decision to stage the exercises was likely taken after details of Mr Krach’s visit were confirmed.

The editorial said: “There was no announcement on the military exercise of the PLA in advance.

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Alex Azar Donald Trump

Alex Azar pictured with US President Donald Trump (Image: GETTY)

“It’s more likely the exercise was a last-minute decision.

“That a massive action can be organized in such a short time sends a strong signal.

“It shows that the PLA has the ability to mobilize and organize a military action targeted at Taiwan in a very short period of time.”

Chillingly, Global Times added: “Although it’s called a military exercise, it’s more like an actual combat.

PLA jet China

A PLA jet takes off to take part in the drills (Image: NC)

Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (Image: GETTY)

“It’s an emergency response by the PLA and the country to the situation in the Taiwan Straits, which is of great significance, adding the weight of the mainland in dealing with the cross-Straits situation.

“Through this exercise and the previous series of exercises, the PLA has accumulated experience in attacking Taiwan and mastered key data on Taiwan’s defense system.

“They are rehearsals on taking over Taiwan.

“What is needed is a political reason that can turn them into real battle to smash Taiwan independence forces.”

South China Sea Taiwan

The South China Sea and Taiwan (Image: Express)

The editorial warned: “The US and Taiwan must not misjudge the situation, or believe the exercise is a bluff. Should they continue to make provocations, a war will inevitably break out.

“Those who have underestimated China’s determination recently have all paid the price. China decisively put forward the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong.

“China has shown that it doesn’t fear war on the China-India border.”

China continues to maintain that Taiwan is part of its territory, meaning any move towards an official declaration of independence will inevitably prompt Beijing to launch a military intervention, Global Times warned.

Taiwan China

China claims Taiwan is part of its territory (Image: GETTY)

It added: “The Taiwan Straits is by no means a place where separatists can act recklessly.

“If Taiwan authorities try, they will definitely be met with the mainland’s military solutions.

“Taiwan is a small place. It has no conditions for a modern military confrontation.

“Taiwan independence is a dead end.”



Taiwan invasion: China 'rehearsing takeover' of island – horrifying warning sent to Trump

And the slightest misjudgement by either Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, or US President Donald Trump, risks triggering a catastrophic war, it has been claimed. Meanwhile any bid by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to follow health chief Alex Azar in visiting the island would result in Chinese jets flying over Taiwan itself, it was suggested. The terrifying series of warnings was issued in an editorial in state-run Chinese newspaper the Global Times.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed its Eastern Theater Command to take part in a real-combat military exercise close to the Taiwan Straits starting on Friday.

China sent 19 aircraft towards Taiwan from four separate directions, all of which crossed the key ‘median line’ boundary which separates mainland China from the island on multiple occasions.

Referring to recent visits to Taiwan by US officials including health supremo Alex Azar, the Global Times wrote: “Every time a high-ranking US official visits Taiwan, the fighter jets of the PLA should be one step closer to the island.”

Significantly, the editorial added: “If the US secretary of state or secretary of defense comes to Taiwan, the PLA should fly its aircraft over the island and conduct exercises above it.

“The missiles we test should also fly over Taiwan, even its ‘Presidential Office Building’.

China Xi Jinping

China, led by Xi Jinping, staged the drills last week (Image: GETTY)

Fighter pilot

A Chinese fighter pilot over the Taiwan Straits (Image: NC)

“If Taiwan authorities continue to act aggressively, such scenarios will definitely come true.”

The exercises had sent two signals, the editorial said.

Firstly, China’s Ministry of National Defense spokesman had made it clear it was in response to what was referred to as the “frequent collusion” between the US and Taiwan, specifically the visit of US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach.

Second, the decision to stage the exercises was likely taken after details of Mr Krach’s visit were confirmed.

The editorial said: “There was no announcement on the military exercise of the PLA in advance.

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Alex Azar Donald Trump

Alex Azar pictured with US President Donald Trump (Image: GETTY)

“It’s more likely the exercise was a last-minute decision.

“That a massive action can be organized in such a short time sends a strong signal.

“It shows that the PLA has the ability to mobilize and organize a military action targeted at Taiwan in a very short period of time.”

Chillingly, Global Times added: “Although it’s called a military exercise, it’s more like an actual combat.

PLA jet China

A PLA jet takes off to take part in the drills (Image: NC)

Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (Image: GETTY)

“It’s an emergency response by the PLA and the country to the situation in the Taiwan Straits, which is of great significance, adding the weight of the mainland in dealing with the cross-Straits situation.

“Through this exercise and the previous series of exercises, the PLA has accumulated experience in attacking Taiwan and mastered key data on Taiwan’s defense system.

“They are rehearsals on taking over Taiwan.

“What is needed is a political reason that can turn them into real battle to smash Taiwan independence forces.”

South China Sea Taiwan

The South China Sea and Taiwan (Image: Express)

The editorial warned: “The US and Taiwan must not misjudge the situation, or believe the exercise is a bluff. Should they continue to make provocations, a war will inevitably break out.

“Those who have underestimated China’s determination recently have all paid the price. China decisively put forward the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong.

“China has shown that it doesn’t fear war on the China-India border.”

China continues to maintain that Taiwan is part of its territory, meaning any move towards an official declaration of independence will inevitably prompt Beijing to launch a military intervention, Global Times warned.

Taiwan China

China claims Taiwan is part of its territory (Image: GETTY)

It added: “The Taiwan Straits is by no means a place where separatists can act recklessly.

“If Taiwan authorities try, they will definitely be met with the mainland’s military solutions.

“Taiwan is a small place. It has no conditions for a modern military confrontation.

“Taiwan independence is a dead end.”



North Korea fury: Kim aims for 'mass casualties and destruction' to stop US invasion

North Korea is preparing for a big military parade next month. Early movement suggests the country may show off shiny new long-range ballistic missiles. It would mark the beginning of a new stage of provocation between the two states.

Recent satellite photographs of the training ground where rehearsals have taken place show large temporary structures in place.

They appear big enough to conceal from view the North’s largest and longest-range missiles.

The parade, due to take place on October 10, marks the 75th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party.

Many experts and North Korea watchers say leader Kim Jong-un will specifically use the event to display the new weapons, possibly including the Hwasong-15, which has the potential range to launch a nuclear attack on Washington or New York.

North Korea: Any war with Kim's country would dwarf in size the Iran and Afghanistan conflicts

North Korea: Any war with Kim’s country would dwarf in size the Iran and Afghanistan conflicts (Image: GETTY)

Military parade: The North will mark the 7th anniversary of the Korean Workers' Party

Military parade: The North will mark the 7th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party (Image: GETTY)

Sour relations between the US and the North have bubbled away for decades – even when Kim and Trump met several times to sign mutual agreements.

Military and political experts often cringe at the manpower that would be required for war against North Korea – its military totalling around 1.2 million active personnel.

They also fear the extent to which Kim would go to in order to prevent his family dynasty from being compromised.

In 2017, writing in Foreign Policy, Jeffrey Lewis, an arms-control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, warned that the North’s military exercises left “little doubt” over the dictatorship’s nuclear intentions.

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North Korea military: The country has around 1.2million active military personnel

North Korea military: The country has around 1.2million active military personnel (Image: GETTY)

He wrote: “What is disturbing about the situation, though, is how the war plans of North Korea, South Korea, and the United States might interact.

“North Korea’s military exercises leave little doubt that Pyongyang plans to use large numbers of nuclear weapons against US forces throughout Japan and South Korea to blunt an invasion.

“In fact, the word that official North Korean statements use is ‘repel’.

“North Korean defectors have claimed that the country’s leaders hope that by inflicting mass casualties and destruction in the early days of a conflict, they can force the United States and South Korea to recoil from their invasion.”

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Kim Yo-jong: Kim's sister has recently been passed considerable powers

Kim Yo-jong: Kim’s sister has recently been passed considerable powers (Image: GETTY)

State media: Kim is regularly followed around by state media who document his daily activities

State media: Kim is regularly followed around by state media who document his daily activities (Image: GETTY)

In the event of a ground invasion, a 2016 South Korean white paper said the US would need to deploy 690,000 ground troops to South Korea if war broke out.

This is a far higher number than what the US deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Military affairs and national security expert, Yochi Dreazen, explained in a 2018 Vox report: “Estimates of the exact numbers of US troops that would take part in a push north vary widely, but current and former military planners uniformly believe it would require vastly more forces than took part in the invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Bruce Bennett, a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation who has spent decades studying North Korea and the Kim family told Mr Dreazen that he believes the US would need to send at least 200,000 troops into North Korea.

North Korea missiles: The country has built up a considerable arsenal of nuclear weapons

North Korea missiles: The country has built up a considerable arsenal of nuclear weapons (Image: Express Newspapers)

Of this, Mr Dreazen said: “By way of comparison, that would be significantly more troops than the US had in either Iraq or Afghanistan at the peaks of those two long wars.”

Many believe that Kim would be more than willing to use his vast arsenal of nuclear weapons in the event of war.

This would result in huge bloodshed on scales never before seen, reports say.

Fighting any war with the North would not be as straightforward as any other war that has been fought in recent history.

North Korea-US relations: Kim and Trump have met several times in recent years

North Korea-US relations: Kim and Trump have met several times in recent years (Image: GETTY)

North Korea experts agree that Kim and his cabinet are highly unpredictable and have several methods in which they would push the boundaries to ensure the Kim leadership is protected.

While some say Kim would have no qualms in pressing the nuclear button first, others suggest he could use his country’s vast supplies of chemical weapons and nerve agents to cause an altogether different type of destruction.

The human death toll from such an attack would be huge, with military historian Reid Kirby estimating in 2017 that a sustained sarin attack could kill up to 2.5 million people in Seoul alone, while injuring nearly 7 million more.

Among the chemical weapons the North is thought to have is VX, sarin, smallpox, yellow fever, anthrax, hemorrhagic fever, and even plague.



Man wants justice for dog killed in home invasion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – September 16 marks one year since a man’s dog was killed in a home invasion in Virginia Beach.

Since then, no arrests have been made, and the dog’s owner hopes someone speaks up soon.

“That was basically my best friend,” Herbert Culbertson said of his dog, Deuce. “I’m just feeling shaky, and I’ve got a little anxiety.”

For Culbertson, the date weighs on his mind.

“It devastated me,” he said. “Deuce slept with me, walked with me. Deuce went everywhere with me. I’m recovering from pancreas cancer, and he was basically my companion for the whole day and night.”

On September 16, 2019, Virginia Beach Police said a call came in for a burglary just after 4 a.m. at the home on Liberty Bell Road.

Culbertson told News 3 he and Deuce were asleep when they heard a door kicked in.

“He got up first, and I got up and followed him, and then I’d seen guns go off,” he said. “I ran out to the door, didn’t see nobody, and I went back to Deuce and they shot him right in the middle of the head.”

“For no reason; they don’t need to shoot my dog,” he added.

Shortly after the home invasion, Culbertson left the house and hasn’t been back since.

He said he lives with PTSD and anxiety because of what happened.

“I couldn’t just stay in that house because I had so much anxiety, and I was just scared,” Culbertson said. “I pray every day now. I used to not [pray] until I realized how much life means.”

At the time, police said it was believed there were three men who broke into the home but suspect information was limited, and anyone with information that leads to an arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

News 3 reached out to Virginia Beach Police, who said the suspects have not been identified.

For Culbertson, he wants justice for Deuce.

“It only takes that one person, and I’m waiting for that one person to step up and lock these criminals up,” Culbertson said.

Police said the reward money would potentially still be available if someone would provide information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). You can also submit a tip via P3tips.com or by downloading the P3 Tips app available in Apple iTunes and Google Play Stores.



China invasion panic: Taiwan rallies troops to 'protect and defend' island from attack

World War 3 fears have been reignited after President Tsai Ing-wen sent a chilling warning to her foe, vowing to “protect our home and defend our country” during a visit to an air defence missile base. She urged troops to be ready to defend the island’s sovereignty and democracy as tensions with China continue to skyrocket.

Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, denounced the Asian giant over claims Chinese forces carried out two-days of large-scale air and naval exercises off Taiwan’s southwest and in its air defence identification zone.

China has stepped up its military activity around Taiwan this year, prompting fears of all out war over the South China Sea.

President Tsai, who was re-elected by a landslide in January promising to stand up to China, said: “At the moment the Chinese Communist’s aircraft harassing of Taiwan and military exercises have been quite frequent.

“I believe that everyone is clear about this situation in performing their mission, and know they have a huge responsibility.

“I want to encourage everyone by saying ‘don’t give an inch of the nation’s sovereignty, and hold fast to democracy and freedom’.

“This is our conviction and resolve to protect our home and defend our country. Please all take this to heart.”

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It urged Beijing to rein in its armed forces over military exercises near the island, in what Taipei views as intimidation to force it to accept Chinese rule.

Yeh Kuo-hui, from Taiwan’s defence ministry’s operations and planning department, told a hastily-arranged news conference that China’s intentions could not be predicted.

He said: “We must make all preparations for war readiness.”

The drills took place in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, between mainland Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, the ministry said.

Taiwan says China sent advanced Su-30 and J-10 fighters to participate.

Taiwan Deputy Defence Minister Chang Che-ping said the drills threatened regional stability and endangered international aviation.

 

He said: “We once again say, do not underestimate the military’s determination to defend our home. We are confident and capable of defending the country,” Chang said.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said the government had shared “information related to China’s threat to key friendly nations”, a likely reference to the US, the island’s main arms supplier and most important international backer.

China’s defence ministry did not respond to a request for comment.Taiwan has this week been carrying out live-fire weapons tests off its southeast and eastern coast.



EU supertrawler invasion: Fury as HUGE fishing boat returns to plunder UK waters

The massive boat, which has been banned from Australian waters since 2013, was last week seen off the coast of Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear, and its presence in British waters sends a signal about the intentions of such vessels with the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of the year. Yesterday it had apparently moved on the the Farne Islands of the coast of Northumberland, which is a designated nature reserve. The Margiris, which is registered in Lithuania but owned by Dutch fishing company Palevilet & Van der Plas, is 14 times the size of average British trawlers, and is one of 25 which were active in British waters last year.

In a Facebook post on Friday, conservation group the Blue Planet Society said: “As heated Brexit fisheries negotiations take place the supertrawler Margiris plunders fish stocks off Yorkshire.

“Banned from Australia for high levels of marine mammal by-catch and unsustainable fishing practices this floating factory faces protests wherever she goes.

“The people of Scarborough and Bridlington have every right to be absolutely furious.”

Another Facebook post yesterday added: “Destructive supertrawler Margiris is currently fishing off the stunning Farne Islands National Nature Reserve.

“The Farne Islands are an internationally important home to seals, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and thousands of seabirds.”

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The Margiris was near the Farne Islands, a nature reserve, yesterday (Image: Greenpeace/Vessel Finder)

Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association Margiris

The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association says the Margiris is operating under legal conditions (Image: Greenpeace)

The Blue Planet Society claims the practices of supertrawlers result in the deaths of large numbers of dolphins and other cetaceans.

Volunteer John Hourston set up a petition directed at Virginijus Sinkevicius (EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) entitled “Stop the mass slaughter of dolphins by the fishing industry in EU waters” which had been signed by 293,067 people as of 7.30 today.

Mr Hourston states: “Thousands of short-beaked common dolphins are being killed by fishing vessels targeting pelagic fish species in EU waters.

“This barbaric practice is dismissively referred to as ‘bye-catch’ by the fishing industry.”

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Sir Roger Gale

Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet (Image: GETTY)

Last month 57 MPs signed a letter coordinated by environmental campaigners Greenpeace calling for a ban which would prevent supertrawlers from operating in any of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which surround the UK.

A Greenpeace study early this year revealed foreign vessels racked up almost 3,000 hours fishing in UK MPAs 2019.

Sir Roger Gale, Tory MP for North Thanet, one of the signatories, told Express.co.uk: “We have this absurd situation where we have these protected zones around our coast but we are not protecting them from the predations of supertrawlers.

“It’s as simple as that – there is no point having protected zones if you don’t protect them.

“These things are huge, massive – they are hoovers.

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The issue of fishing rights has been a central plank of Brexit (Image: GETTY)

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A Greenpeace graphic shows where the Margiris fished last year (Image: Greenpeace)

“I think we need to start taking a firm grip on this now, irrespective of any agreement which might be reached on fishing.

“A lot of these zones are in our waters and these vessels come from all over – Russia, the Netherlands – and they are basically floating fish factories.”

“We are trying to protect these zones with very good reason, to protect the stocks also to protect endangered marine species.

“Yet we seem to be prepared to allow the world and his brother come in hoovering up everything in sight.”

Jeremy Percy, director of the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUFTA), which represents fishermen who use boats of less than ten metres in length, believes supertrawlers such as the Margiris may be staking a claim in British waters as the end of the year – and the UK’s exit from the Common Fisheries Policy – approaches.

EU countries fishing UK

EU countries most dependent on fishing in UK waters (Image: Express)

He told Express.co.uk last month his suspicions had been aroused after spotting one of the ships off the east coast which did not appear to be catching much fish.

Mr Percy added: “I explained this to a good friend of mine who is an expert in this sort of fishing and he didn’t think they would be making any money there so the idea that they were continuing to build up a track record to strengthen their arguments post Brexit seemed sensible.”

A Defra spokeswoman told Express.co.uk the situation was likely to change after the end of the year.

She said: “The UK is a global leader in the fight to protect our seas with our ‘Blue Belt’ of protected waters nearly twice the size of England.

“The Common Fisheries Policy currently restricts our ability to implement tougher protection, but leaving the EU and taking back control of our waters as an independent coastal state means we can introduce stronger measures.”

Philip Evans, an Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “As Britain’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy looms large on the horizon one of the world’s most controversial supertrawlers, the Margiris, has returned to UK waters, and so far has spent time fishing in various protected areas in the North Sea. A fishing vessel banned from Australian waters which can catch and process thousands of tonnes of fish has no place operating in the UK’s allegedly protected waters.

“We recently revealed that supertrawlers have already doubled their fishing effort in UK protected areas in the first six months of this year, and the Margiris’ return makes even more clear that our protected areas are little more than lines drawn on a map, with no tangible protection.

“Our Government will have a chance to ban supertrawlers, and all other forms of destructive industrial fishing vessels, from operating in our protected areas after we leave the Common Fisheries Policy. Our Government likes to call itself a global ocean champion. It should live up to this and ban industrial fishing from our protected areas.”

SCROLL DOWN FOR A STATEMENT FROM THE PELAGIC FREEZER-TRAWLER ASSOCIATION (PFA)

The Afrika supertrawler

The Afrika supertrawler has also operated in British waters (Image: Greenpeace)

MargirisThe Margiris is a Dutch-owned vessel [GETTY]

Statement from the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA):

At the moment the Margiris is targeting herring in the area off the British East Coast. The Margiris is not the only pelagic trawler active at the moment in that area as it is one of the historical fishing grounds for the Dutch herring fisheries since hundreds of years. The Margiris is fishing under the flag of Lithuania and is indeed owned by one of the traditional pelagic fishing companies in the Netherlands, strong in herring fishery and herring processing. Also one of the main producers of the famous Dutch ‘matjes’ herring.

The Margiris of course is fishing based on and within allowed catch quota – in this case catch quota for North Sea herring – and under entirely legal conditions. Also the Margiris is catching this North Sea herring under the sustainability label of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is the most renowned and best-known sustainability label for fisheries. 

Fishing for herring by the Margiris is done with the same gear type, gear size and acoustic fish find equipment as any other pelagic trawler fishing for herring. There is therefore no difference whatsoever between the way the Margiris is fishing and other pelagic trawlers are fishing, including the more than 20 UK pelagic trawlers (mostly based in Scotland/Shetlands).

The only reason why the Margiris is larger in size than other (for instance Scottish) pelagic trawlers is that the Margiris processes and freezes the fish on board, immediately after catching. While the Scottish pelagic trawlers only catch fish and after catching immediately sail to port to land and sell the fish to a land-based pelagic factory (where the fish is processed and frozen).

The fact that the Margiris has fish processing, freezing and packaging equipment on board and large storage rooms, makes it this large in size. Not because we want to fish more than the other pelagic trawlers. On the contrary, the daily catch is limited by what the vessel can process and freeze per 24 hours on board.

The Margiris – just like all our vessels – has the most up-to-date acoustic fish find equipment on board with the sole aim to fish as selective as possible. And we do fish very selective: we have on average in all our fisheries less than one percent of non-targeted species in our catch.

On top of this: in the area where we are fishing at the moment (off the East Coast of the UK) we have implemented in our nets a so-called excluder device. This is a voluntary precautionary measure to even further reduce the possibility to by-catch marine mammals such as seals in our fisheries.



German wasp invasion: What are yellow jacket wasps?

Paul Bates, boss of pest control firm Cleankill, warned people should look out for the wasps while out, especially when enjoying barbecues or picnics.

He said: “Up until mid-August workers provided food for the larva in the nest, but once the queen stops laying eggs there is no longer any need for food in the nest so the workers go out to have a good time.

“They feed off BBQ scraps on plates and on fallen fermenting fruits that are in abundance at this time of year.

“The type of wasp causing most problems is the German yellow jacket which gives a particularly painful sting.



WW3: Top Secret US military file unveils ‘North Korea ground invasion’ plans

The power dynamic in North Korea has shifted once again after reports suggested Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un could purge his recently empowered sister, Kim Yo-jong, should she pose a threat to his authority. Yo-jong has been widely tipped to succeed Kim should anything happen to him. This speculation was cemented after she acquired ranging powers last month, taking control of diplomatic negotiations with the US and South Korea – ties that the North depends on should it wish to survive.

Rumours have surfaced over Yo-jong’s potential execution as she has not been spotted for over a month.

This runs in stark contrast to her increasingly visible presence in most diplomatic and domestic engagements in recent years.

North Korean experts have suggested Yo-jong may have stepped back of her own accord, with others highlighting the North’s capability of tactical moves ahead of significant global events, such as November’s US presidential election.

A lot is riding on the result of the election for the North, as the US has proved to be its main source of both anguish and hope, with the country the only force likely to ever take a military stand against the dictatorship but also to lift harsh trade sanctions.

Experts have warned that any move would need to be precisely calculated to ensure a swift victory with the least amount of bloodshed.

In a startlingly blunt letter published by Washington’s Joint Staff in 2017, Rear Adm. Michael Dumont told Rep. Ted Lieu that there was only one viable path to overcome the Kim family dynasty.

He explained: “The only way to ‘locate and destroy – with complete certainty – all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programmes’ is through a ground invasion.”

This would likely involve US military personnel stationed in South Korea, as well as troops flown in from the US mainland, storming the North and securing the country’s vast nuclear arsenal.

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Studies suggested that the Hwasong-14 had the most lethal potential – estimating it could travel as far as 10,000km if fired on a maximum trajectory.

This would have given Pyongyang its first intercontinental missile (ICBM), capable of reaching New York.

Eventually, Hwasong-14 only reached a peak altitude of 3,000km, though its successor, Hwasong-15, managed an altitude of 4,500km.

Hwasong-12 missiles, tested in 2017, achieved the desired result and could travel as far as 4,500km (2,800miles) – putting US military bases on the Pacific island of Guam within striking distance.

Guam is home to more than 163,000 American citizens.

Also within distance is Japan, which has a sizable US military presence.



WW3: Top Secret US military file unveils ‘North Korea ground invasion’ plans

The power dynamic in North Korea has shifted once again after reports suggested Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un could purge his recently empowered sister, Kim Yo-jong, should she pose a threat to his authority. Yo-jong has been widely tipped to succeed Kim should anything happen to him. This speculation was cemented after she acquired ranging powers last month, taking control of diplomatic negotiations with the US and South Korea – ties that the North depends on should it wish to survive.

Rumours have surfaced over Yo-jong’s potential execution as she has not been spotted for over a month.

This runs in stark contrast to her increasingly visible presence in most diplomatic and domestic engagements in recent years.

North Korean experts have suggested Yo-jong may have stepped back of her own accord, with others highlighting the North’s capability of tactical moves ahead of significant global events, such as November’s US presidential election.

A lot is riding on the result of the election for the North, as the US has proved to be its main source of both anguish and hope, with the country the only force likely to ever take a military stand against the dictatorship but also to lift harsh trade sanctions.

Experts have warned that any move would need to be precisely calculated to ensure a swift victory with the least amount of bloodshed.

In a startlingly blunt letter published by Washington’s Joint Staff in 2017, Rear Adm. Michael Dumont told Rep. Ted Lieu that there was only one viable path to overcome the Kim family dynasty.

He explained: “The only way to ‘locate and destroy – with complete certainty – all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programmes’ is through a ground invasion.”

This would likely involve US military personnel stationed in South Korea, as well as troops flown in from the US mainland, storming the North and securing the country’s vast nuclear arsenal.

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Studies suggested that the Hwasong-14 had the most lethal potential – estimating it could travel as far as 10,000km if fired on a maximum trajectory.

This would have given Pyongyang its first intercontinental missile (ICBM), capable of reaching New York.

Eventually, Hwasong-14 only reached a peak altitude of 3,000km, though its successor, Hwasong-15, managed an altitude of 4,500km.

Hwasong-12 missiles, tested in 2017, achieved the desired result and could travel as far as 4,500km (2,800miles) – putting US military bases on the Pacific island of Guam within striking distance.

Guam is home to more than 163,000 American citizens.

Also within distance is Japan, which has a sizable US military presence.



India China WAR: Beijing troops 'break military ceasefire' with invasion to seize land

The line of actual control in the Himalayas between the two opposing sides has been reinforced since violence erupted on the night of June 15. Today the Indian army released a statement that said: “On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.” In the latest skirmish, India claimed to have stopped the Chinese soldiers who were attempting to “unilaterally change facts on the ground”.

The recent events have happened in the Galwan valley region of the Himalayas.

Both sides claim the high altitude Pangong Tso lake and the latest incident occurred on the shore of its freezing waters.

An Indian army statement said: “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake.

“Indian soldiers undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground.”

The two sides went to war in 1962 over their mutual border in the Himalayas.

The border is over 3,000 miles long and in some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet.

At the last serious skirmish in late June, the Indian army said 20 of its soldiers had been killed by Chinese troops in the disputed Kashmir region.

It was the first deadly clash on this border in 45 years.

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Both sides have spent millions upgrading the infrastructure across the region that is known as Ladakh.

The Chinese side has recently interrupted Indian attempts to build a road through the region.

In the region troops on both sides don’t use weapons because they have various protocols and agreements to not do so.

India claims the Chinese side is circumventing this by using stone clubs and sticks with nails in them.

China refuses to give any details of whether their soldiers arm themselves with improvised weapons, they also have released no data on how many casualties they suffered as a result of the recent skirmishes.