What lessons has Taiwan learned from Russia’s war in Ukraine? | DW News

China’s massive military drills this month pushed tensions in the Taiwan Strait to their highest point in years, deepening fears Beijing could forcibly take control of the self-ruled democracy it claims as its own.

Coming on the heels of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the crisis has revived debate within Taiwan and among key Western allies about the readiness of the island’s vastly outnumbered military.

This Thursday, Taiwan proposed $19 billion in defence spending for next year, a double-digit increase on 2022 that includes funds for new fighter jets.

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