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Europe is cheering for Taiwan but its hands are full with Ukraine

Despite economic ties, bloc would impose sanctions on China if war erupts

| Europe
A projectile is launched during live-fire drills by the People's Liberation Army on Aug. 4: Geographic distance from East Asia makes European involvement in a conflict over Taiwan a long shot.   © Xinhua/AP

Philippe Le Corre is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a nonresident senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

With tensions mounting in the Taiwan Strait, Europe is facing a dilemma. While its security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region are rising, it needs to remain focused on the brutal conflict taking place much closer to home in Ukraine.

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