If Putin can obliterate Ukrainian towns with impunity, what’s to stop Xi Jinping from doing the same to Taiwan? Will Biden’s resolve to defend sovereignty in Europe deter Xi from invading Taiwan? Or will China embark on its long-stated quest to “reunify” Taiwan with the motherland?
The military drama in the Taiwan Strait represents a regime ruling through propaganda losing control of the narrative. Xi has been promising the Chinese people the imminent “reunification” of Taiwan with China. But deprived of alternative viewpoints, Chinese citizens can be forgiven for believing such promises.