China may invade Taiwan after seeing West’s response to invading Ukraine: Oxford professor
New Delhi, February 25 (IANS): China could invade Taiwan after seeing the West’s response to Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine, a leading historian has warned, Daily Mail reported.
European studies professor at Oxford University Timothy Garton Ash said Xi Jinping taking military control of the island would be the “worst-case scenario”, according to the report.
The political writer claimed that the communist leader would think, “If comrade Vladimir (Putin) can get away with it in Ukraine, maybe I’ll try.
He also warned that Putin’s “minimal goal” is to bring down a new iron curtain over Eastern Europe because he wants to create a new empire, the Daily Mail reported.
Ash’s warnings came a day after the Taiwan Air Force dispatched its fighter jets to warn nine Chinese planes in its air defense zone.
Meanwhile, Putin’s forces continued to sweep across Ukraine and reached the outskirts of Kiev on Friday morning.
Ash said the devastating conflict – which has already seen hundreds massacred – is just the start of Russia’s plans.
He told BBC Question Time: “He (Putin) has indeed already invaded Belarus, which is right next to Ukraine. they are there as long as he wishes.
“So I think Vladimir Putin’s minimal goal is to create a new iron curtain along NATO’s eastern border so that countries like Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are stuck in the Russian Empire, whether they like it or not,” as the report said.