Taiwan has kicked off the first stage of its annual military exercises, drawing on lessons from the war in Ukraine as part of its asymmetric warfare strategy to repel a simulated attack from the Chinese mainland. South China Morning Post
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Why is unification so unpopular in Taiwan?
The idea that Taiwan people reject unification out of a sense of ethnocultural difference from China finds little support in our survey. A majority of our respondents — 56% — said Taiwanese culture was similar to Chinese culture… Brookings.edu
Orange County Church Shooting Called Chinese vs. Taiwanese Hate Crime
The man who allegedly killed a doctor and injured five others at a Taiwanese church in Orange County was a U.S. citizen born in China who hated Taiwan and drove from Las Vegas armed with guns, chains and numerous Molotov cocktails, authorities said on Monday. Times Of San Diego
How difficult would it be for China to invade Taiwan?
The invasion of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), has been considered by Chinese military planners for decades but only under President Xi Jinping have observers worried this might be increasingly likely. Aljazeera
China Is Not Russia. Taiwan Is Not Ukraine.
One popular contemporary analogy is between Russia’s actions vis-à-vis Ukraine and China’s approach to Taiwan. Beyond some broad-brush parallels — the most obvious parallel being that both Ukraine and Taiwan are peace-loving democracies that are the objects of belligerent irredentism on the part of more militarily powerful and threatening neighboring autocracies — there are also significant differences. Xi Jinping’s China is not Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Taiwan is not Ukraine. U.S. Institute Of Peace
What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Beijing ‘working hard’ to take over Taipei militarily, senior US official warns TheWeek