By CRIS DIAZ
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is provoking WWIII. Obviously, everyone is now looking at the possible players and their allies who would be in the center stage.
From the point of war analysts, the issue of alliances and protagonists could be assessed based on the prevailing geopolitical condition.
For instance, from the point of Pope Francis, the pocket wars in the Middle East and elsewhere in Africa are already signs of the WWIII. “The WWIII is now going in various areas in the world where armed hostilities are going on,” Pope Francis once said.
But, the Pope refers only to the pocket wars. What about the big ones? The time when the major countries around the world gather together as allies in a worldwide armed confrontation. Let us have a closer look.
Considering that North Korea would attack an ally of the United States or the US mainland, the US would definitely retaliate. Will a North Korea-US war elicit a WWIII?
The CYNOSURE believes a North Korea-US war would not take place unless China and Russia would come in to fuel the conflict.
Whether China and Russia would side with North Korea is something to reckon with. Or, will China and Russia come in to act as negotiators to prevent the escalation of the armed conflict?
Earlier, China announced that it would shoot US missiles directed to North Korea. The action of China, however, does not mean that it would fight side by side with North Korea. On the other hand, China wants to protect North Korea because the missile might affect China’s borders.
Anyway, will China also shoot down North Korea’s missiles directed to US allies? If the answer is positive, then China’s role would be effective as a pacifier or negotiator.
Granting without admitting that the WWIII would take place? Who are the protagonists?
Here is a presentation of the allies and protagonists. This assessment is based on the world’s current geopolitical status.
China, Russia, North Korea, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iran would come together. On the other hand, the US, Japan, Vietnam, India, South Korea, Europe, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Canada, France, and Australia would be together.
Nevertheless, let us telescope the prospects of these alliances – its advantage and disadvantage.
China has infuriated many Asian countries because of its expansionist aggression. For instance, China wants to encroach on India’s territory with the aid of Pakistan. Unknown to many, China and India has been in “war footing” ever since because of a territorial dispute. At this time, India is closely watching its borders with artilleries and air patrols at all times.
The conflict between China and India was exacerbated because of China’s incursion into the Vietnam coast where a joint oil exploration between India and Vietnam is going on.
China also claims that part of the Vietnam coast is part of their territory, which added fuel to the fire.
Not only China and India have border conflict. Unknown to many, Russia and China are also into boundary disputes.
China’s expansionist adventures in South China Sea has also solicited the ire of many ASEAN member countries.
Russia is also engaged in territorial disputes among former members of the Soviet Union. In fact, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caught international attention because Russia wants Ukraine under its wings despite opposition by the Ukrainians.
One could not think that China and Russia – facing problems in their backyard – would join the North Korea-US fray.
The other day, the US intelligence and experts on missiles and nuclear warheads issued a statement that North Korea’s nuclear missile warheads were a “hoax.” The North Korea was simply trying project as a nuclear country with the capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). A missile that has the capability to travel 3,000 or more miles toward an intended target.
Anyway, let us just pray neither North Korea or US would push the button first. God Forbids! –o- Email reaction/comments: [email protected]
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