While the world looked to Ukraine during its time of crisis amid the Russian invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, his close ally China and Chinese President Xi Jinping has been busy reiterating that Taiwan is part of their sovereign territory after it had previously stated in a UNSC meeting that Russia and Ukraine should practice restraint and use diplomacy to find a solution to the crisis.

In not-so diplomatic rhetoric, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying boldly stated that “Taiwan is not Ukraine” and that the issue with Ukraine and its own issue with Taiwan are drastically different. She claimed that “Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China. This is an indisputable legal and historical fact,” an eerily similar statement to Putin’s false claims on the history of Ukraine’s statehood, which the Kremlin claimed Ukraine to be part of Russia’s own territory and spiritual space.

Furthermore, Putin also claimed that Ukraine’s statehood is baseless and that it was never a real state, adding that Ukraine was a creation of Vladimir Lenin. Academics and analysts have since debunked these claims as a mischaracterization of history and are merely propaganda.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen along with several members of the Taiwanese government (DW). Source: https://www.dw.com/en/china-reunification-inevitable-as-taiwans-tsai-starts-second-term-in-office/a-53504220
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen along with several members of the Taiwanese government (©Office of President|Taiwan via DW)

Taiwan, in response, has opposed these statements and their territorial claims, with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stating that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent state called the ‘Republic of China.’ In accordance with these statements, she called for heightened vigilance with China’s military actions, specifically with the developments within the Taiwan Strait. She also said that Taiwan must raise the island’s surveillance and early warning capacity to ensure that they are always prepared for a potential Chinese mainland invasion.