China 'learning military lessons' from Ukraine war amid Taiwan crisis

Taiwan has become a point of diplomatic tensions as China continues to try and expand

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Defence sources have warned that China are "learning lessons" from the war in Ukraine and are keeping close tabs on the UK's "political will".

It came as the UK and Australia pledged to take action against the growing threat posed by Beijing in the Indo-Pacific region.

China has threatened to take Taiwan despite the island being self-ruled, as Beijing claims it as its own.

Defence sources have spoken to The Telegraph about the importance of the UK's actions over Ukraine, emphasising how it "sends a signal of our resolve elsewhere".

China's Xi Jinping has reportedly been studying the war in Ukraine closely.
China's Xi Jinping has reportedly been studying the war in Ukraine closely.

“The Defence Secretary has repeatedly said that what happens in Ukraine sends a signal of our resolve elsewhere, so not only are China watching but they are also judging our political will, as well as learning military lessons,” they said.

It is believed China has paid close attention to the war in Ukraine and the West's response to see what China's armed forces could learn.

A key takeaway China has taken is reportedly Western leaders taking two days to properly respond when Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

Nancy Pelosi recently made a trip to Taiwan.
Nancy Pelosi recently made a trip to Taiwan.

A further point noted in Beijing is the fact that Russia did not defeat Ukraine in this period of time, which they feel allowed Western support to grow.

China is reported to have concluded that a similar mistake in Taiwan will have to be avoided in order to avoid a long, drawn-out war.

Taiwan's unification with the mainland is part of Chinese plans to "revive" the Chinese nation by 2050, with Western governments fearing that a military offensive could arrive in the years to come.

Taiwan said on Wednesday it would exercise its right to self defence and counter-attack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory, as Beijing increased military activities near the democratically governed island.

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own against the strong objections of the Taipei government, has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Taiwanese defence officials said China's "high intensity" military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing's intention tomake the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its "inner sea" would become the main source of instability in the region.

"For aircraft and ships that entered our sea and air territory of 12 nautical miles, the national army will exercise right to self-defence and counter-attack without exception," Lin Wen-Huang, Taiwan's deputy chief of the general staff for operations and planning, told reporters at a news briefing.

Taiwan has complained of Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to its small groups of islands near China's coast.

The military will exercise the same right to counter-attack Chinese drones that did not heed warnings to leave Taiwanese territory after posing threats, Lin added.