Is Russia proving at present how China can win Taiwan tomorrow? | EUROtoday

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The time period “useful idiot” was first coined within the Cold War to explain unwitting supporters of the Soviet Union. Since then the phrase has morphed into different areas of on a regular basis life, however remains to be largely rooted within the fields of politics and worldwide confrontation.

China is studying all kinds of helpful stuff from the conflict in Ukraine about how far to push in opposition to established worldwide norms; how one can inoculate one’s nation from a worldwide backlash in opposition to unhealthy behaviour and how one can drive a wedge between one’s adversaries.

All this has come at nearly no value to Beijing because the Kremlin has copped many of the flak. So, as he casts a hungry eye at Taiwan, does Xi Jinping see Vladimir Putin as a really helpful fool certainly?

In this episode of Defence in Depth, Dominic Nicholls, The Telegraph’s affiliate editor, explains how, by invading Ukraine, Putin has proven his Chinese counterpart the place the perimeters of Western tolerance for aggression lie.

Watch Dominic’s video evaluation above. Find extra episodes of Defence in Depth on The Telegraph’s YouTube channel.