CHINA will back North Korea in World War 3 if the US continues to “provoke” Kim Jong-un, according to a military expert.

China has been preparing its army for the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula with a series of military drills.

On Monday, the People’s Liberation Army flaunted its air power by flying military aircraft close to North Korea in a brazen show of force.

China has condemned North Korea for testing nuclear weapons and missiles, including its latest launch of a Hwasong-15 ICBM – its most powerful yet.

But the US has reacted furiously, holding large scale military drills involving 12,000 troops and hundreds of military aircraft in a retaliatory show of force.

US nuclear-capable bombers today flew over the Korean Peninsula as part of the joint war drills with South Korea.

Ahead of the drills – codenamed Vigilant Ace – North Korea accused “insane” US President Donald Trump of pushing the world to “the brink of nuclear war”.

Amid heightened tensions, military analyst Li Jie believes the US is pushing China closer to siding with the Hermit Kingdom.

She said: “The timing of this high-profile announcement by the PLA is a warning to Washington and Seoul not to provoke Pyongyang any further.”

Her comments come as China issued a “common sense” guide about how to survive a nuclear attack to residents living near the border with North Korea.

“The timing of this high-profile announcement by the PLA is a warning to Washington and Seoul not to provoke Pyongyang any further.” Military analyst Li Jie
Chinese state-owned media issued the alarming advice to citizens in the northeastern city of Jilin – around 35km away from the North Korean border.

Chinese newspaper the Jilin Daily ran a full-page article informing the public what to do in the event of an attack.

During an attack, people are advised to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin or dive into water to minimise the possibility of instantaneous death, it said.

North Korea replies on China was trade so would be highly unlikely to launch a nuclear attack on the country.

The US, on the other hand, may use nuclear weapons on villages across North Korea if war broke out – potentially putting Chinese citizens near the border at risk.

Speaking today, retired US Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters said a “shooting war” may break out between North Korea and the Us if China doesn’t step in.

He said Trump’s inability to start a trade war with China could result in a “bloody mess”.

He told Fox News: “The goal is to have China engage in the economic action.

“The Trump administration has talked a good fight on China but when it comes to the clinch the administration has been unwilling to threaten a trade war.

“Short of that, if you’re not willing to threaten a trade war with China, you’re going to have a shooting war with North Korea. Nobody in their right mind wants that to happen.”