Tension is on the rise in the Pacific region. According to reports of military activity in the region, the next large-scale military confrontation could happen in the region.
The Pacific coast is fast becoming a cauldron of conflict between the five of the world’s biggest players.
Russia, China, United States and the unpredictable North Korea are all bolstering their military power across the region as the nations sit in a fragile peace.
ISIS adds a new chaotic element to the tense region which could explode into war as conflict flares between the three superpowers and the loose cannon Kim Jong-un.
In a speech, US Pacific Command head Admiral Harry Harris warned of the growing ISIS threat in the region.
He said: “Regrettably, I believe that ISIS is also trying to rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”
The admiral dubbed ISIS’s spread in the region as “cancerous” and called on the region to work together to “eradicate this disease”.
Waves of jihadi terrorist attacks have already hit the Pacific with tourists being butchered at a cafe in Bangladesh, a priest being hacked with an axe at the alter of a church in Indonesia, and a bomb attack at a market in the Philippines.
ISIS have also marked Australia as their next target in their latest wave of propaganda.
This week, Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball warned: “ISIS wants to expand its presence in Southeast Asia, and that is of concern to all of us, they will attempt to seed fear and division in our communities.”
But as ISIS gathers power in the region, all-out war between the superpowers remains sat on a knife edge.
Relations between the United States and China remain frosty over a territory dispute in the South China Sea.
President Xi Jinping’s government is at odds with the White House as President Barack Obama had already threatened “consequences” if Chinese aggression continues.
Seth Cropsey, ex-deputy undersecretary of the US Navy, warned a bloody war between the two superpowers was “inevitable”.
China mobilised is fleets in preparation for a “sudden cruel war” in the region amidst the tensions.
The US is building up their military power in the region as they dispatched their top nuclear capable bombers to their airbases on the island of Guam.
North Korea responded with fury to the American move – with Kim Jong-un branding the US “miserable dogs”.
This summer Pyongyang has been continuing to launch ballistic missile tests as they promise all-out war with the United States.
But tensions between their neighbour Russia have also been brewing as Vladimir Putin is set to meet with South Korea over the growing nuclear crisis.
Putin’s ships have been heading into the disputed territory and the Kremlin has been carrying out large scale military drills in their eastern-most military district.
Moscow has also moved their nuclear weapons just 50 miles from the United States border as they clash with NATO.
President Jinping claimed “the world is on the verge of radical change” and promised a “new world order” alliance between China and Russia in a speech at the anniversary of the founding of Chinese Communist Party.
British Admiral Lord West warned the world is closer to World War 3 than at any time during his 60 year career with the Royal Navy.