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What the Ukraine war has taught China about designs on Taiwan

Russia's struggle both feeds and blunts Xi's ambitions for the island

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Experts say Beijing is evaluating Moscow's performance in Ukraine. (Source photos by Kremlin/Reuters and AP)

TOKYO -- When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, many policymakers and pundits in the U.S., Europe and Asia warned about the possibility of the conflict triggering a security crisis in the Taiwan Strait.

Seeing U.S. President Joe Biden unable to stop the aggression and reluctant to intervene militarily, Beijing may be tempted to start planning an invasion of Taiwan, they said.

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