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Ukraine crisis a gift for China that keeps on giving

Beijing is learning invaluable lessons regarding the future of Taiwan

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Russian tanks during the drill at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia, on Feb. 3: China's leaders will try to copy some of Putin's tactics.   © Reuters

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Ukraine crisis may be the greatest threat to peace in Europe since the end of the Cold War. But for China, it is a gift that keeps on giving. In the short term, Russia's threat of war has distracted the U.S., forcing the Biden administration to devote considerable resources to confronting President Vladimir Putin.

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