Western powers have warned that a war in Ukraine could erupt at any time, with Taiwan’s presidential office saying troops will continue to monitor the situation.
“All military units will continue to pay close attention to the situation in Ukraine and operations off the coast of Taiwan, strengthen joint intelligence and surveillance, and gradually increase the level of combat readiness to respond effectively to a variety of signals and threats,” he added.
Taiwan has repeatedly complained that the Chinese Air Force, part of what it says is Beijing harassment, has flown into its airspace.
Taiwan reported last month The largest invasion of China since October Fighters rush to warn 39 planes, the island’s defense ministry said.
Those flights continued almost daily but with very few flights: Taiwan reported only five missions on Saturday.
However, the president’s office added that the situation on the coast of Taiwan is “fundamentally different” from Ukraine and that people should not be deceived by false information.
He did not elaborate, but said he was using the situation in Ukraine to spread rumors about Taiwan’s morale.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CNN-News 18 on Friday that China was closely monitoring Ukraine’s use of the western part of the island to attack it.
However, he added that China may not want to be distracted by any “major events” during the Winter Olympics.
“After the Winter Olympics, it will be very difficult to say whether Russia will attack Ukraine or whether China intends to use military force against Taiwan,” he said.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen formed a Ukrainian working group under the auspices of the National Security Council last month to look at changes and the potential impact on Taiwan’s security.