China “Learns From Ukraine War” For Indo-Pacific Offensive

China is learning “military lessons” from the war in Ukraine and assessing Britain’s “political will” for a fight, Defense Ministry sources have warned.

It came as Britain and Australia pledged to confront the growing threat Beijing poses in the Indo-Pacific as Taiwan has once again become a flashpoint of global tensions.

China has repeatedly threatened to seize the self-governing island it claims as its own.

Today British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles will attend the commissioning ceremony of HMS Anson at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

“The Defense Secretary has repeatedly said that what is happening in Ukraine sends a signal of our resolve elsewhere, so China is not only watching but also assessing our political will and learning military lessons,” said a UK defense source The Daily Telegraph.

They said that should there be an invasion of the Indo-Pacific region, “the West will stand firm with our allies and partners, just as we have with Ukraine.”

Beijing is believed to have reviewed the invasion of Moscow and the West’s response to gauge what lessons should be learned for China’s armed forces.

Beijing assumed it took at least two days for Western leaders to react when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24.

In China, it was noted that Russia’s failure to defeat Ukraine within this window allowed for a significant increase in Western support.

Avoiding the same mistake with Taiwan will be key to avoiding a long, protracted war that could backfire on the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing has concluded.

While it was previously thought that Chinese President Xi Jinping would prepare an “armed reunification” of Taiwan sometime in the next five to 10 years, several Western governments believe an offensive will come sooner.

Earlier this month, China repeatedly circled Taiwan to show its anger after Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, became the longest-serving American visitor to Taiwan in 25 years.

Yesterday, Taiwan’s military fired warning shots at a Chinese drone that was circling one of its islands, in an unprecedented move prompted by weeks of repeated incursions.

Taipei has reported a surge in drone flights over military outposts on remote Taiwanese islands since Beijing escalated its military drills in response to Ms Pelosi’s visit.

Last weekend, Taiwan threatened to shoot down the drones if they didn’t heed warnings to leave.

On Monday, however, China dismissed Taiwan’s complaints of repeated drone harassment.

“Chinese drones flying over Chinese territory is nothing to make a fuss about,” said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the foreign ministry.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] China “Learns From Ukraine War” For Indo-Pacific Offensive

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