A move by G7 leaders last week to castigate China and Russia over their treatment of Taiwan and Ukraine has reopened a lively discussion among commentators about the merits of comparing the self-ruled island with the Eastern European country.
Some insist that today’s Ukraine is tomorrow’s Taiwan, likening the former’s cultural affinity with – and economic dependence upon – Russia to the latter’s relationship with mainland China. Others point to the geographical, military and economic dissimilarities between Kiev and Taipei, however.
The comparisons come amid increased Chinese military activity in the Taiwan Strait, and after Russia mobilised its forces in Crimea and along its border with Ukraine.
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