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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drags on into its fourth week, Moscow’s failure to subdue Ukrainian defenses — despite its superior military — has raised questions about what this could mean for China and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in terms of a potential invasion of democratic Taiwan.

Beijing, which regards self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province, has repeatedly vowed to reunite the island with the mainland. While Chinese President Xi Jinping would prefer to take control of the island without a fight, he has not ruled out the use of force.

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