Images this week began to surface on social media showing Taiwan’s flag on a wall in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, and the man responsible is an American citizen rallying international support for Ukraine’s war effort against Russia. taiwannews.com.tw
China learning a lesson from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
There have been increasing fears that Beijing will take military action against Taiwan following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made retaking control of Taiwan a top national priority. Experts say Chinese strategists are watching the war in Ukraine closely,… CNN
Ukraine war could boost tensions between U.S., China over Taiwan
Blinken made a major statement on U.S. foreign policy on Thursday at George Washington University. It received a great deal of attention, internationally — not least because reporters and foreign policy analysts wanted to know whether Blinken would clarify remarks made earlier in the week by President Joe Biden to the effect that the United States would take military action to defend Taiwan if China launched an invasion. MSN
Biden shouldn’t confuse Taiwan with Ukraine
Taiwan is not Ukraine. China, in that part of the world especially, is not Russia. Still, in his off-the-cuff remarks that the United States will come directly to Taiwan’s rescue if Beijing chooses to take the self-governing island by force, President Joe Biden has reawakened China’s worst nightmare. What that looks like is simple: There will be no easy or peaceful accession of Taiwan to the mainland anytime soon, if ever. CNN
Ukraine war lessons spur China military shipbuilding surge
The war in Ukraine has increased Beijing’s sense of urgency to prepare for any change to Taiwan’s status quo, according to analysts, with satellite imagery confirming mainland China has stepped up efforts to get its military shipbuilding schedule back on track. South China Morning Post
Can Taiwan Copy Ukraine’s Civil Defense Blueprint?
Ukraine’s successful deployment of Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) has brought renewed focus to the possibility of creating a similar military reserve in Taiwan. Yet, much of this discussion has ignored the constitutionality of such a move. The Diplomat
What Is China Learning From Russia’s War in Ukraine?
Beyond Europe, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is being felt most keenly 5,000 miles away, on the island of Taiwan. Many Taiwanese worry that they might be the next to suffer an invasion by a more powerful neighbor. Those fears are not unreasonable. While Ukraine and Taiwan differ in many ways, as relatively young democracies living alongside larger authoritarian neighbors with long-standing designs on their territory, the two face strikingly similar strategic predicaments. ForeignAffairs.com
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