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Donald Trump’s closest advisor ‘said America will be at war with China soon’
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The comments came from a radio show aired in 2016 – where Bannon aired his views before Trump’s victory.

Bannon said, ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we?

‘There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those.

‘They come here to the United States in front of our face – and you understand how important face is – and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.’

Earlier this week,  a senior Chinese official said, war between China and America is ‘becoming a practical reality’.

Members of a Chinese military honour guard shout at the end of a welcome ceremony for Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Beijing on May 16, 2016. nAbdullah was welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing is preparing for relations between the two countries to deteriorate under Donald Trump, the People’s Liberation Army said on its website.

‘‘A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality,’ the official said, quoted in Hong Kong media the South China Morning Post.

The Central Military Commission, responsible for the Chinese armed forces, said that Trump’s rhetoric about the South China Sea made the situation more dangerous.

Their statement, posted on inauguration day, came after Trump made Chinese relations a feature of his election campaign:

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This picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a advertisement for a magazine (top R) featuring US President-elect Donald Trump on the cover at a news stand in Shanghai.nChina said on December 17 it would return a US naval probe seized in international waters, as it slammed the "hyping" of the incident as "inappropriate and unhelpful". The incident comes amid escalating tensions between China and the United States, with Trump repeatedly infuriating Beijing by questioning longstanding US policy on Taiwan, calling Beijing a currency manipulator and threatening Chinese imports with punitive tariffs.n / AFP / Johannes EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said America would intervene to stop China taking over territory in international waters.

China is preparing for possible conflict, with a particular emphasis on maritime security, the country’s military said.

There are a number of flashpoints, including relations with Taiwan, which China does not consider to be an independent state. Trump already provoked a diplomatic row after accepting a congratulations phonecall from the Taiwanese president following his election win.

The Morning Post referred to comments by Rex Tillerson, secretary of state nominee, that America should stop China accessing artificial islands it has built in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded by telling the US ‘to be cautious in what it says and does, so as to avoid harming the peace and stability in the region.’

 

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