Amidst rising tensions between Russia and the West, China has issued a grim warning about the possibility of World War III. The warning came after Russia announced its plan to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus, a move that has escalated the already volatile situation in the region.
In an interview with ABC News, Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, described the current period as the most dangerous since the end of the Cold War. He emphasized the risk of a nuclear war if Russia continues to rattle its “nuclear sabers” and urged NATO to enhance deterrence against Moscow’s use of nuclear weapons.
The Chinese warning, as Davis suggested, is mainly directed at Moscow, telling Putin not to even consider using nuclear weapons. The analyst noted that the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus serves no tactical purpose and only serves to increase tension and uncertainty about Russia’s ultimate intentions, particularly if they look like they are going to lose in Ukraine.
Davis also commented on the recent visit of Australian politicians to China, stating that while engagement with China is necessary, it must be done with caution and open eyes. He warned of China’s grand strategic ambitions, particularly their desire to impose unification on Taiwan, which could generate a major conflict between China and the United States and potentially involve Australia.
The situation in the region remains precarious, with tensions escalating between Russia and the West over Ukraine and China’s grand strategic ambitions continuing to raise concerns. As the world watches and waits, the hope remains that cooler heads will prevail and that conflict can be avoided.