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China ‘should prepare for a world war to break out with North Korea’

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China 'should prepare for a world war to break out with North Korea'
War with North Korea could break out (Picture: KCNA/Handout via Reuters)

China should prepare for world war to break out with North Korea at any time between now and March, according to a former top military commander.

Former Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang urged the country’s north east regions to mobilise in anticipation of conflict on the peninsula.

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Hongguang, a former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Area Command, issued the warning amid a growing nuclear threat from the hermit country.

He told the Global Times: ‘The war on the Korean Peninsula might break out anytime between now and March next year.

‘China should be psychologically prepared for a potential Korean war, and the north east China regions should be mobilized for that.

China 'should prepare for a world war to break out with North Korea'
China has been urged to prepare for war (Picture: Cui Nan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

‘Such mobilisation is not to launch a war, but for defensive purposes.’

Military expert and TV commentator Soing Zhongping also said China should deploy anti-missile weapons in the border area and prepare humanitarian aid for war refugees.

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He added that if war were to break out South Korea and China would face the most damage, while there will be a huge risk of being exposed to nuclear contamination and earthquakes.

Song is also quoted as saying: ‘Defensive action could lead to engagement if US action on the Korean Peninsula threatens China’s core interests.’

The Global Times is the English-language version of the People’s Daily, which is the official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

The warning comes just a few weeks after North Korea fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile which it claims could reach the US mainland.

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