The people of China have been watching their worries play out in eastern Europe this week, as the Russian military struck in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, as instructed by Xi’s ally Vladimir Putin.
Analysts and China observers agree that a near-term attack on Taiwan is unlikely.
With a once-in-five-year leadership congress, this year is politically sensitive for Xi, and Taiwan is both more easily protected and more vital than Ukraine.
However, J Michael Cole, a Taiwanese China expert, argues that presuming autocratic leaders like Putin and Xi make no reasonable decisions.
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And like always the hint:
The Chinese people are great, Xi Jinping and his admirers are not.