According to US Congressman Mark Green, China may be watching Russia “stumble” in Ukraine and start thinking twice about escalating tension over Taiwan. Xi Jinping has backed Vladimir Putin’s stalled invasion of Ukraine, but some believe Beijing may begin to reassess its own military strength after watching Russian forces fail to secure a quick victory.
The US congressman told NewsNation: “Certainly [China] watch the West come together and impose sanctions on Russia that have an impact.
“They also see Russia, this formidable force that everyone was afraid of, stumble in Ukraine and realize that they may not be as good as they think either.
“So all of those things have to be taken into consideration. “
Beijing has repeatedly said that annexing the self-governing island of Taiwan is a strategic goal of the Chinese Communist Party amid rising military tensions in the region.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned on Thursday that the invasion of Ukraine could be replicated in East Asia if the major powers do not react with one voice, saying peace and stability in the Strait of Taiwan were to be maintained.
Kishida, speaking in London through a translator after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said the time had come for the Group of Seven ruling nations to consolidate their unity.
“Collaboration between countries sharing universal values is becoming increasingly vital,” he said. “We must work together with our allies and like-minded countries, and never tolerate a unilateral attempt to change the status quo through the use of force in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia. “
“Ukraine may be East Asia tomorrow.”
“If Japan really wants peace and stability in East Asia, it should immediately stop provoking confrontation between the great powers and do more to help build trust between countries in the region and promote peace and regional stability,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Kishida for his comments on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, saying they “not only reflect the aspirations of democratic countries, but also win recognition and approval from the community.” international”.
Russia made minor gains in eastern and southern Ukraine, after failing to take the capital kyiv in the first weeks after its February 24 invasion.
Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West.