According to Reuters, Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-Cheng said on Thursday, March 10, that whoever wins a future war in the Taiwan Strait will have a “miserable” victory, adding that avoiding a conflict would be best for everyone.

In a report to the parliament on Wednesday, Taiwan’s China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council said that China was too busy ensuring the stability of the 20th National Party Congress at the end of the year to suddenly escalate tensions with Taiwan.

On Thursday, before a parliament session on the security implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chiu said to reporters that both China and Taiwan would have to pay a heavy price in the conflict between the two sides escalated.

He said, “If there’s a war, to be frank, everyone will be miserable, even for the victors.”

Chiu added, “Everyone should avoid wars.”

According to Reuters, the Taiwanese defense minister said that the Ukraine crisis has taught Taiwan “many lessons” and Taiwan is preparing accordingly.

Russia’s employment of precise missiles, as well as Ukraine’s strategically well-planned resistance despite being outmanned and outgunned, are being closely monitored by Taiwanese security officials.

In addition, Taiwan’s military has been “referencing” Ukraine’s experience in fighting on its soil and has incorporated “asymmetric warfare” into its planning.
When asked by a lawmaker if Taiwan could rely on foreign aid in a war with China, Chiu said: “We must defend our own country.”

He added, “In my eyes, the Taiwan Strait has never been a safe place.”

Although Taiwan has raised its alert level since the war in Ukraine, it has not reported any unusual Chinese military activity, although Chinese air forces continue to occasionally operate the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone.

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