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Ukraine war

Taipei plays down fears of 'Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow'

Island rattled by Putin's war, but steels resolve against possible China attack

"The Taiwanese people can rest assured that we are working to ensure our nation's security," President Tsai Ing-wen said of Russia's war on Ukraine. (Source photos by AFP/Jiji and Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- "Our country & people #StandWithUkraine against Russian aggression," Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Saturday as she tweeted images of the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper and cities across the island illuminated in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag.

Drawing inspiration from the resistance of Ukrainians and the strong global response to Russia's assault on a democratic nation, Taiwan's government is playing down the threat from China. But the war is gripping the Taiwanese people, with some fearing it might embolden Beijing to invade an island that has never been part of communist China.

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