As the U.S. gears up to send naval vessels within 12 miles of the ‘made by China’ artificial islands to exercise freedom of navigation, there are strong indications that World War 3 between China and the United States is inevitable. Washington’s massive military presence in Asia played a key role in the prosperity and stability in the region, and Beijing was one of the beneficiaries. China has warned that it was ready to use military force if the U.S. violates its territorial waters. It would be the culmination of the Chinese and U.S. political, diplomatic, and military maneuvers over the last year.

China has claimed full sovereignty over vast swathes of the South China Sea, built artificial islands, and established military facilities. It underscores how quickly and dramatically the military balance has shifted in Asia-Pacific. So, why are experts worried about a potential World War 3? China’s defense budget has increased at an average of 11% since 1996, narrowing the military gap with the United States. Harvard scholar Graham Allison says that its China’s defense spending has tripled and its economy has grown 10 times (in dollar terms after taking into account the strengthening of yuan) in the last ten years. FULL REPORT