Former President Donald Trump has warned that the Chinese regime will invade Taiwan after seeing Russian troops move into Ukraine.
“China is gonna be next,” Trump said. “Absolutely. Not with me, they wouldn’t have.”
“They’re waiting ’til after the Olympics. Now the Olympics ended, and look at your stopwatch, right? No, he wants that just like … It’s almost like twin sisters right here,” he added.
“Because you have one that wants Taiwan, I think, equally badly,” Trump added. “Somebody said, ‘Who wants it more?’ I think probably equally badly.”
He suggested that neither Putin nor Xi would make a move if he were the president.
“Putin would have never done it, and Xi would have never done it,” the former president said.
China and Taiwan are separated by the Taiwan Strait, which is about 80 miles wide at its narrowest point.
The Chinese regime sees Taiwan as part of its territory that must be united with the mainland, by force if necessary. However, Taiwan is a de facto independent country, where Taiwanese people elect their own government officials through democratic elections.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) also saw a connection between Ukraine and Taiwan, while speaking to ABC earlier this month.
“Xi is watching what is happening [in Ukraine], our adversaries are watching,” McCaul said. “If Putin can go into Ukraine with no resistance, certainly, Xi will take Taiwan. He's always wanted this.”
The report pointed out different military actions the Chinese regime might deploy against Taiwan, including air and maritime blockades, precision airstrikes, and a full-scale amphibious invasion.
A recent survey conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found that most Taiwanese do not believe Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would lead to Beijing attacking the self-governing island. The survey polled 1,079 people for two days ending on Feb. 15.
The survey found that 62.9 percent said it was either unlikely or impossible that China would attack Taiwan. Meanwhile, 26.6 percent said it was either very likely or fairly possible that China would attack the island after Russia invades Ukraine.
“The world is watching us. We must ensure that our allies, like Taiwan, know they can rely on the U.S.,” Hinson added.