WW3 bombshell: George Galloway warns China military could soon STRIKE the US over Taiwan

George Galloway has warned there is a “grave risk” of an accidental war breaking out between China and the US. The former British MP also did not rule out China launching the first military strike against US ships or bombers in the South China Sea amid rising military tensions over Taiwan. Dozens of Chinese military warplanes again approached Taiwan for a second consecutive day on Saturday. 

The 19 Chinese aircraft, some of which crossed the sensitive Taiwan Strait midline and into Taiwan’s air defence zone, prompted the Taiwanese defence ministry to scramble jets.

Taiwan’s defence ministry condemned China for carrying out provocative activities and seriously damaging peace and stability.

The Chinese military have described the warplane manoeuvres as training exercises.

However, a military official in Beijing later admitted it was meant as a warning to Taiwan and the United States about their increasing political and military cooperation.

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Mr Galloway told RT: “The situation is gravely troubling.

“Neither side can possibly want a war, which would have cataclysmic consequences for the world and the world’s economy, which has already sunk in a pandemic.

“The danger of an accident happening is now very grave.

“You have fighters and bombers making practice bombing runs using live ammunition, while an American envoy is in Taiwan, breaking all previous US political protocols since 1979.

The Chinese show of force is seen as a response to visit of the most senior State Department official in Taiwan in over four decades.

US under secretary for economic affairs, Keith Krach, arrived to Taipei on Thursday for a three-day visit to the outrage of Beijing.

Senior Col. Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, warned the United States and Taiwan against what he called “collusion.”

He said: “Those who play with fire are bound to get burned.”

An editorial in the state-run Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Friday read: “Every time a high-ranking US official visits Taiwan, the fighter jets of the PLA should be one step closer to the island.”



WW3 bombshell: George Galloway warns China military could soon STRIKE the US over Taiwan

George Galloway has warned that there is a “grave risk” of an accidental war breaking out between China and the US. The former British MP also did not rule out China launching the first military strike against US ships or bombers in the South China Sea amid rising military tensions over Taiwan. Dozens of of Chinese military warplanes again approached Taiwan for a second consecutive day on Saturday. 

The 19 Chinese aircraft, some of which crossed the sensitive Taiwan Strait midline and into Taiwan’s air defence zone, prompted the Taiwanese defence ministry to scramble jets.

Taiwan’s defence ministry condemned China for carrying out provocative activities and seriously damaging peace and stability.

The Chinese military have described the warplane manoeuvres as training exercises.

However, a military official in Beijing later admitted it was meant as a warning to Taiwan and the United States about their increasing political and military cooperation.

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Mr Galloway told RT: “The situation is gravely troubling.

“Neither side can possibly want a war, which would have cataclysmic consequences for the world and the world’s economy, which has already sunk in a pandemic.

“The danger of an accident happening is now very grave.

“You have fighters and bombers making practice bombing runs using live ammunition, while an American envoy is in Taiwan, breaking all previous US political protocols since 1979.

The Chinese show of force is seen as a response to visit of the most senior State Department official in Taiwan in over four decades.

US under secretary for economic affairs, Keith Krach, arrived to Taipei on Thursday for a three-day visit to the outrage of Beijing.

Senior Col. Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, warned the United States and Taiwan against what he called “collusion.”

He said: “Those who play with fire are bound to get burned.”

An editorial in the state-run Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Friday read: “Every time a high-ranking US official visits Taiwan, the fighter jets of the PLA should be one step closer to the island.”



South China Sea on BRINK: Beijing warns 'US spy planes posing as airliners serious threat’

During a Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing this week, Wang Wenbin said “it is the old trick of the US military to use a transponder code to impersonate civil aircraft of other countries.” The Ministry spokesman was responding to a question from a journalist who asked: “A US reconnaissance aircraft used a transponder code to electronically impersonate a Malaysian airliner while spying on China’s Hainan Island and Xisha Islands. Do you have any comment?”

He added: “We urge the US side to immediately stop such dangerous, provocative behaviours to avoid accidents in the air and at sea.

“China will continue to work with regional countries to firmly safeguard the freedoms and safety of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea as well as the peace and stability in the region.”

Mr Wenbin claimed that according to incomplete data, US reconnaissance aircraft have electronically impersonated civil aircraft of other countries in the South China Sea more than 100 times.

He added: “This above-mentioned practice is egregious, which has severely violated international aviation rules, disrupted the aviation order and safety in relevant airspace, and threatened the security of China and countries in the region.

 

“China firmly opposes that.”

At the same time, the Beijing-based think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) recorded instances of the US cloaking its spy planes as airliners.

According to the Think-Tank, between September 8th and 10th, US spy planes disguised as Malaysian aircraft flew over the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and the Yellow Sea near China’s coast.

The report said: “This undoubtedly added up to great risk and uncertainty to international flight safety, which could lead to misjudgment (by ground air defence systems) and probably bring danger to civilian aircraft especially those being impersonated.”

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The claims come after Taiwan’s air force scrambled jets for a second consecutive day on Saturday as multiple Chinese aircraft approached the island and crossed the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, with the island’s government urging Beijing to “pull back from the edge.”

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said 19 Chinese aircraft were involved, one more than in the previous day, with some crossing the Taiwan Strait midline and others flying into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone off its southwest coast.

Meanwhile, the US and China are at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea, with each accusing the other of deliberately provocative behaviour.

In one of the latest US moves against China ahead of November’s presidential election, Washington blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals over construction and military actions in the busy South China Sea waterway.

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A US Navy warship also carried out a routine operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, something frequently criticised by Beijing as threatening its sovereignty.

Malaysia or the US has yet to confirm or deny the allegations by Beijing.



End of UK: Northern Ireland protocol will DESTROY union, warns Brexiteer lawyer – 'Lunacy'

Martin Howe QC was speaking as the controversy over Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill, which overwrites part of the protocol, continued to rage this week. And Mr Howe, chairman of Lawyers for Britain, said the EU had a “big fat interest” in making life as difficult as possible the UK when it came to shipping goods to Northern Ireland.

Mr Howe was one of the so-called “star chamber”, along with seven MPs, who scrutinised Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement last year, specifically the backstop plan aimed at preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland, concluding there was no way the UK Government could pull out of the arrangement unilaterally.

He told Express.co.uk: “People are focusing like mad on border controls, in other words goods crossing into Northern Ireland (from the Republic).

“And to a large extent, they have ignored what I believe to be a much more fundamental part of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is directly related to what happens within Northern Ireland.

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Boris Johnson is right to suggest the NI protocol threatens the integrity of the UK, said Mr Howe (Image: GETTY)

Martin Howe QC

Martin Howe QC (Image: Channel 4)

“And those are essentially all the rules relating to goods you can legally sell in the single market, and their marketing and labelling and transport and things like that.”

Mr Howe added: “If we move forward to January 1, 2021, when we leave the transition period, at that point, the UK’s laws on goods will be identical to the EU’s, because nothing will have changed.

“As far as the content of goods is concerned, the laws will be in same, so in principle, goods which can be sold in the UK can be sold in Northern Ireland and vice versa.

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Driverless cars

Mr Howe said the EU had a “technophobic” attitude towards driverless cars (Image: GETTY)

“However, what will happen over time is divergence will arise, for two reasons.

“One is we, the UK, may decide to change our laws. I think one very strong candidate for change would be the way the EU applies and interprets its rules on genetically modified organisms, which is absurd – no other entity in the world does it in that way.

“There are other areas – as cars develop, we are likely to be more accommodating than the technophobic EU with regard to self-driving cars.

“The other thing is of course the EU will be changing its rules on all sorts of things as time goes on.

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Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill would override some aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement (Image: GETTY)

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Former Prime Minister Theresa May (Image: GETTY)

“So more and more goods that may be on sale in the UK may be unsaleable in Northern Ireland.”

Fast-forwarding ten years, Mr Howe envisaged a situation where most cars had been imported from the the European Union, plus numerous other goods too, as a result of the complexities of bringing them in from mainland Britain – and did not dispute a suggestion that the bloc’s approach could ultimately be characterised as a bid to incorporate Northern Ireland into the bloc permanently.

He added: “With goods going the other way, from Northern Ireland to the UK, we can cope with those under the protocol because there are no restrictions on goods that conform to EU rules but not to UK rules flowing to Great Britain – and indeed, that’s one of the features of the Internal Market Bill.

“But within Northern Ireland it will become increasingly difficult.

Customs Ireland

How the customs plan for Northern Ireland might work (Image: Express)

“If you are running something like a supermarket where you are have warehouses full of a huge range of goods and you a scenario where random chunks of different kinds of goods for one reason or another may become unsaleable in Northern Ireland, it is going to become increasingly difficult to run an integrated supply chain.

“You then have to stock goods separately for Northern Ireland from goods for GB.

“You have to have separate inventories, if you are a supermarket buying in from suppliers you need to tell the suppliers that they have to have a EU-friendly version and a UK-friendly version for GB.

“Theresa May’s solution to this was to keep all the goods rules in Great Britain the same as in the EU.

Irish border

The Northern Ireland Protocol aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland (Image: GETTY)

“But that’s madness – what is the point of Brexit if all you do is follow the rules of the EU? It’s lunacy.”

With reference to the EU’s ultimate aims, Mr Howe said: “The EU has a legitimate interest, which is that they don’t want goods that don’t conform to EU law crossing the border.

“But they also have a big fat economic interest in making it all as difficult as possible.

“Because that then gives a big advantage to exporters into the Northern Ireland market from the EU, whether from the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere.”



Russia warns US: Putin attacks Trump and NATO over ‘provocative and dangerous’ acts

In a bold statement today, Russia’s Defence Ministry claimed the US Navy and NATO ships had increased their presence in the region. Not only have the two forces increased their naval presence but have also upped their strategic aviation intelligence, Russia claimed. Due to the importance of the Black Sea – which is located off the coast of the southwestern edge of Russia – the Kremlin has warned the US is at risk of increasing “tensions” in the region.

A statement said today: “We are alarmed by such actions US and their allies in NАТО who declare their desire to prevent incidents during combat training, but in practice continue to conduct provocative and dangerous military activities in the Black Sea region.

“Under the guise of threats from Russia, NАТО brings its military activities closer to our borders.

“This increases the degree of tension and leads to a decrease in the level of security in the Black Sea region.”

Today, first Deputy Chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Sergey Rudskoy, said NATO and US ships had increased their stay in the Black Sea by 33 percent from January to September.

Of that number, 40 percent of those ships carry high-precision long-range weapons, such as the USS Franklin which has 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Reconnaissance aircraft flights had also increased by 40 percent compared with last year.

The Black Sea remains strategically important to Russia as it provides waters for its fleet and is also where the Crimean Peninsula is located.

Tensions between Russia and the West rose after the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

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Russia’s National Defense Management Center said: “A Su-27 fighter from the Southern Military District’s air defense quick reaction alert forces was scrambled to intercept the target.

“The crew of the Russian fighter approached the aerial target at a safe distance, identified it as a US Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and escorted it over the Black Sea.

“The entire flights of the Russian fighters proceeded in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace.”

Such incidents have occurred numerous times over the last few months.

Despite US planes entering into the region, Donald Trump has been a constant critic of NATO.

Mr Trump has stated many of the nations within the alliance need to pay more to its collective defence.

The US contributes 22 percent to the budget, while the UK, France, and Germany contribute between 10-14 percent each.

Mr Trump has also announced the US will pull out nearly 12,000 troops from Germany over his objections towards NATO.



London on alert: Sadiq Khan warns COVID lockdown 'increasingly likely' after key meeting

In a statement released today, he revealed new measures will soon be required to contain the outbreak. 

He said: “The Prime Minister has said that we are now seeing the start of a second wave of Covid-19 across the UK.

“Londoners should also know that I am extremely concerned by the latest evidence I’ve seen today from public health experts about the accelerating speed at which Covid-19 is now spreading here in London.

“This is made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity in the capital.

“It is increasingly likely that, in London, additional measures will soon be required to slow the spread of the virus.

“We will be considering some of the measures which have already been imposed in other parts of the UK.”

He also urged Londoners to be cautious and maintain social distancing measures where possible. 

The Mayor made the announcement after meeting with Public Health England, London council leaders and the Government about the rise in cases. 

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'Wake up!' WHO criticises UK coronavirus strategy and warns infection rate is 'alarming'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it would not reduce its two-week recommendations for self-isolation after several European nations slashed the amount of time individuals are required to quarantine for. In the UK anyone who has come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 must cut themselves off from the outside world for 10 days.

The WHO’s senior emergency officer for Europe, Catherine Smallwood, said science has shown people need to hide away for a fortnight to be certain they do not have the virus.

She said: “Our quarantine recommendation of 14 days has been based on our understanding of the incubation period and transmission of the disease.

“We would only revise that on the basis of a change of our understanding of the science.”

People in France who have had contact with a person suffering from coronavirus are required to self-isolate for seven days.

The WHO’S European director Dr Hans Kluge warned of a “very serious” situation as case rates skyrocket in several parts of the continent.

He said more than half of European countries had recorded a rise in cases greater than 10 percent over the past two weeks.

He warned “even a slight reduction in the length of the quarantine” would be a step in the wrong direction.

Dr Kluge said: “Knowing the immense individual and societal impact even a slight reduction in the length of quarantine can have.

“I encourage countries of the region to make scientific due process with their experts and explore safe reduction options.”

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“The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us.”

On Thursday the French health minister, Olivier Veran, said the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care was increasing at a worrying rate.

He said five in 100 people tested for the disease get back a positive result.

He said this compared to just one in 100 at the beginning of the summer.

Mr Veran said gatherings of family and friends were a major source of coronavirus contaminations in France.

The UK is grappling with its own surge in cases.

The head of the test and trace system in England has said Britain will need more than the current target of 500,000 daily tests after October.

Boris Johnson on Wednesday said his Government was working hard to increase testing capacity to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, saying he aimed to be able to do 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

But earlier today Dido Harding, interim chair of the new National Institute for Health Protection, told MPs: “I am certain that we will need more as we go beyond the end of October.

“We have plans to go beyond the 500,000 a day target.”

The UK recorded 3,395 further infections on Thursday, bringing the overall total to 381,614.

And a further 21 deaths were recorded, taking the total tally to 41,705.



Europe coronavirus lockdown: World Health Organisation warns cases now exceed March peak

Officials from the World Health Organisation issued the warning as a second wave of infections intensified across the continent. The dramatic rise in new coronavirus cases in Europe has been desribed as a “wake up call” by the WHO bosses.

WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said: “We have a very serious situation unfolding before us.

“Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.”

He said the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 patients las week.

Dr Kluge said: “More than half of European countries have reported a greater-than-10 percent increase in cases in the past two weeks.

“Of those, seven countries have seen newly reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period.”

The warning from the WHO came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a “concerning rise in cases” in England.

Mr Hancock confirmed local lockdown restrictions will be introduced in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham following “concerning rates of infection”.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said the number of newly reported cases for the EU, European Economic Area and the UK “has been increasing for more than 50 days, with over half of all EU countries currently experiencing an increase in cases”.

Spain, which has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Europe at 614,360, is set to announce more local lockdowns and travel restrictions.

France reported 9,784 new cases yesterday, one of the highest daily figures ever reported in the country and just below the all-time record of 10,561 new cases recorded last Saturday.

Italy, which was the epicenter of Europe’s first coronavirus outbreak in February, registered 1,452 new cases in the last 24 hours, up from 1,229 new cases on Tuesday.

The death toll from the second wave has been significantly lower than in spring and early summer when the virus first hit Europe, but the WHO has warned this could change as winter approaches.

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WHO warns coronavirus deaths in Europe are expected to get worse – UK deadlier than the US

New cases of the deadly pandemic are on the rise across Europe with the likes of Spain and France imposing new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has one of the highest death tolls across the continent after surpassing 40,000.

And now, the WHO has warned, as deaths in Europe approach 225,900, the mortality rate is expected to soar throughout October and November.

Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said: “It’s going to get tougher.

“In October, November, we are going to see more mortality.

“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand.

Coronavirus warning as cases on the rise in Europe

Coronavirus warning as cases on the rise in Europe (Image: Getty)

Coronavirus cases in Italy are on the rise

Coronavirus cases in Italy are on the rise (Image: Sky)

“The outbreak is going to finish, at one moment or another.”

Dr Kluge’s terrifying warning comes after European countries, like Spain, France and the UK, were reported to have more COVID deaths per 100,000 people than the US.

Currently the US has 583.44 deaths per one million, according to the latest WHO report.

Around the world, six of the countries with the highest death rates were reported to be in Europe.

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Researchers are looking for a vaccine to COVID (Image: Getty)

These countries include Spain, Italy, the UK, Belgium, Andorra and San Marino according to latest figures from the WHO.

Between April and July, the seven-day average of daily new deaths in the US mostly decline before increasing through early august.

According to data compiled by the Worldometer, the average daily case count has most declined again through September.

As of Tuesday, Europe was reportedly the deadliest region with 11,718.62 deaths per one million people.

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Coronavirus cases around the world

Coronavirus cases around the world (Image: Express)

This marked the highest COVID-19 death toll per capita in the world.

Among EU countries, Belgium has the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Spain, UK and Italy.

Throughout April, Belgium’s seven-day average daily new deaths declined before flattening out from early July through to September.

Average daily deaths in Italy have been decreasing since April 1, when it peaked at 809.

Coronavirus cases on the rise across Europe

Coronavirus cases on the rise across Europe (Image: PA)

The number flattened out from late June to September.

As the UK – who has seen the new fatalities flatten from mid-July – continues to battle against the novel virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed new restrictions.

From Monday, groups of no more than six people are allowed to meet indoor or outdoors in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

Announcing the new measures, Mr Johnson said: “Of course, I don’t feel comfortable about it.

Boris Johnson imposes new COVID measures

Boris Johnson imposes new COVID measures (Image: Getty)

“It breaks my heart to have to insist on these restrictions upon individuals, upon families, grandparents.

“There’s nobody in government who conceivably wants to do this.

“I know over time the rules have become quite complicated and confusing.

“Let me be clear – these measures are not a second national lockdown – the whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown.”