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Emboldened by Lack of Western Aid for Ukraine, Communist Regime Declares Taiwan Belongs to China

Randy Mancini 4 Feb 24

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 24, 2022

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said the Biden administration has signaled weakness to the world, and that spells bad news for freedom everywhere.

"Regrettably, President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan—and abandonment of fellow Americans and U.S. allies behind enemy lines—likely empowered Putin and other brutal dictators by sending the message to all of America’s enemies that they could pursue such aggression without significant pushback from the Biden Administration," Smith said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Fox News that, just like Putin watched what happened in Afghanistan, China is now keeping a close eye on America's every move in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Former President Donald Trump had also predicted earlier this week that China could invade Taiwan as a result of American weakness.

"By the way, China's going to be next," Trump said during an interview Tuesday on iHeart.com's "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show." Trump compared Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to "twin sisters."

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Trump told the podcast China was waiting until after the Olympics. "Now that the Olympics are over, look at your stopwatch, right? No, (Xi) wants that, too. It's almost like twin sisters right here – because you have one that wants Taiwan, I think equally badly," he said. 

Trump also said he thinks Russia's tyrannical ruler sees his attack against Ukraine as an "opportunity." 

In a tweet, Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, wrote: "Russian barbarism knows no end. The West must learn that when tyrants make threats, they're serious. When Russia says it will attack Ukraine, when China says it will attack Taiwan, when jihadist Iran says it will attack Israel, we must believe them. Tyrants only respect strength."

Russian barbarism knows no end. The West must learn that when tyrants make threats, they're serious. When Russia says it will attack Ukraine, when China says it will attack Taiwan, when jihadist Iran says it will attack Israel, we must believe them. Tyrants only respect strength.

— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 24, 2022

Meanwhile, following the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine Thursday, China called for talks to resolve the Ukraine crisis but avoided criticizing Putin’s attack because it was simultaneously approving imports of Russian wheat. 

China is the only major government to refrain from condemning Putin's attack. But it tempered that by calling for restraint and respect for national sovereignty.

Chinese ties with Russia have grown stronger under President Xi Jinping, who met Putin this month in Beijing. China's multibillion-dollar purchases of Russian gas for its energy-hungry economy have been a lifeline to Putin, who already was under Western sanctions over its 2014 seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

After their Beijing meeting just three weeks ago, Xi and Putin issued a statement endorsing key foreign policy issues for both sides - Moscow's opposition to a NATO expansion in former Soviet republics and China’s claim to the self-ruled island of Taiwan.