Taiwan’s defence ministry has set up a working group to study the tactics of the war in Ukraine, including how the country has been able to hold out against Russia, and has been discussing this with the United States, its minister said on Thursday.
Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has raised its alert level since the Russian invasion, wary of Beijing possibly making a similar move on the island.
Taiwan’s Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said they had had “contact” with foreign countries to talk about how the war was being fought.
While Taiwanese officials have seen many parallels in the Ukraine war and their own situation, including having their own giant neighbour with territorial ambitions, they have also pointed to major differences.
Taiwan has talked, for example, of the “natural barrier” of the Taiwan Strait, which would make China putting troops on the ground much more difficult than Russia just crossing over its land border with Ukraine.
Taiwan also has a large and well-equipped air force, and is developing its own formidable missile strike capability.