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Ukraine Is Not Taiwan

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent troops into Ukraine ManyFor journalists analysts—even former Donald Trump—have jumped to the conclusion that Taiwan is next. While Russia is the news today, China will lead the authoritarian cause. WritesMichael Shuman of the Atlantic Council.

There is however no connection between Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and China’s taunting Taiwan. 

The Soviet Union split Ukraine just 31 years earlier. China and Taiwan were independent governments for over 73 years. Only four of the last127 years saw them united by the same government. Taiwan’s desire to free itself from Beijing’s control is what unites them, though Ukraine must deal with it. Unruly regions of separatismMoscow loyal. Taiwan is an a flourishing liberal democracy,The construction of a Ukrainian Embassy is not yet complete. lasting democratic infrastructure.

Unpredictable autocrats in the vicinity pose a threat to both countries. However, they aren’t the same and neither has the U.S. Kharis Templeman, of the Hoover Institution, notes that Ukraine’s security support is inadequate. Recent, LimitedPlease see the following: subsumed under broader concernsConcerning Russia’s threat to the post-Cold War European safety order; Taiwan however, is where “American interests run deep.” Taiw is the U.S.an’s primary Partner in securityas well as a source of military assistance, training and arms sales. Washington’s engagement history dates back over seventy years and reflects Washington’s concern that Taiwan will be aggressive.

Chinese President Xi Jinping CredsThe U.S. stands as a “fading superpower”, which is hindering Chinese power. China and Russia recently established an AllianzAlthough it is a small one. China defended Russia by supporting NATO’s end, while Russia responded by supporting China’s claim on Taiwan. China is also provided some reliefAfter sanctions were imposed on the West, the Russian economy was able to recover.

China, however, appears to have been Surprise!Putin’s military actions. Beijing is now trying to maintain two opposing stances to the war. sympathizingMoscow’s security worries

Taiwanese officials have stressed the differences between these two countries. Lo Pingcheng (Cabinet spokesperson) said, “Trying to incorrectly link Ukraine’s situation with Taiwan’s is disturbing people’s morale.” Monday. Beijing does not want people to compare the situation, even though it is for different reasons. Taiwan is not UkraineShe was trying to argue that it wasn’t. that “Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China.”

The most significant difference is, however, a military one. China’s decision on whether or not it launches an amphibious assault will not be affected by the Ukraine crisis. China is simply not equipped to handle the demands of force for this invasion. WritesHarlan Ullman, Atlantic Council. Putin presided over his invasion, deploying hundreds of thousands troops at the Ukrainian border. China is not currently showing any signs of surrounding Taiwan with a similar approach.

And for all of our fears about a restrained response in the face to the Ukraine invasion “emboldenChina threatens Taiwan. However, America has not been reluctant to support its partners and allies. Although it has wisely declined troops in Ukraine, Washington is closely involved with global efforts to sanction Moscow. In any event,Emma Ashford from the Atlantic Council points out that America’s increasing focus on China “will limit Washington’s ability and obligation to commit,” It is hard to believe that the U.S. would be able to move forward in Ukraine if it was not getting bogged down. MoreChina likely to cease.  

As of right now, there is no reason to think that the U.S. would not continue its “strategic uncertainty” regarding Taiwan. China and Taiwan don’t draw parallels to the situation between Russia and Ukraine. The United States should not.