World War 3: The four biggest conflicts in the world right now that could trigger war

World War 3 concerns are a developing concern amongst some people, as international relations have soured in recent years, opening up opportunities for conflict in countries around the world. Whether conflicts are a bitter exchange of words or physical blows, some of them come with grave implications.

India vs Pakistan

India and Pakistan are neighbours with a bloody history, due to growing conflict over the territory of Kashmir, which is sandwiched between the two countries.

Conflict over Kashmir began before the countries won their independence from the British Empire when the Indian Independence Act left Kashmir free to accede to either nation.

They have fought over the region several times, with major conflicts in 1947, 1965, and 1999.

They often exchange blows over the border, and both countries are nuclear-capable.

Now, India and Kashmir have their own administrated regions, India’s Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

China also administrates its own region, Aksai Chin, and full-scale conflict threatens to draw in the nation.

Narendra Modi recently stripped Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status, casting doubts over the future of the territory.

China vs the USA

Tensions between China and the US have notably ramped up since Donald Trump took office in 2016.

The President wasted no time in declaring a trade war with the country, due to what he claimed were unfair trade practices.

Mr Trump later ramped up threats against China with trade tariffs on foreign goods peaking at 25 percent, and the President also banned Chinese-made Huawei technology, claiming China was spying on the US.

While there is no evidence of growing physical conflict between the US and China, if war was to break out between the superpowers, it would have global consequences.