China is forging a menacing alliance with other hostile regimes against the West and is growing as a prominent threat challenging U.S.-led democracies across diverse arenas in the Indo-Pacific theatre, experts warned at a recent international security forum.
He said China is collaborating with Russia to assist Hamas diplomatically, and the communist regime is also aiding Russia and Iran in evading Western sanctions and sustaining their aggressive actions. Meanwhile, Iran is supplying arms to both Russia and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza, and North Korea is exporting weapons to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine, he added.
Vincent Chao, director and spokesperson for Taiwan's governing Democratic Progressive Party, who was one of the speakers on the panel, said that if Russia were to win in its war against Ukraine, such an outcome would first and foremost send a powerful message to other authoritarian regimes worldwide, emboldening them in the face of democracy's decline.
In particular, he underscored that a Russian triumph would amplify the ambition of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to forcibly bring Taiwan under its control, emphasizing the inevitability of reunification and urging the people of the self-ruled island to reconcile with this CCP narrative.
"On China again, there's only one way really to keep their ambitions in check. And the only way is to stand together; there simply isn't any other way that the United States can do it alone," Mr. Chao said.
Beijing ‘Wants a Prolonged Ukraine War’The implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine for the CCP's global ambition was echoed by Nathan Law, a former Hong Kong politician currently in exile in the UK for his outspoken opposition to the Beijing regime.
Two other speakers on that panel were U.S. Army General Charles Flynn and General Wayne Eyre, Canada's chief of the defence staff.
When asked about the argument that "if China's the big issue, then Ukraine serves as a distraction," Gen. Flynn echoed concerns about a potential Pacific war while regional conflicts in Europe and the Middle East rage on.
"There is a limited and regional war going on in Europe; there's another limited and regional war going on in the Middle East. And the last thing that we all can afford is another war in the Pacific," he said.
Gen. Eyre concurred with Gen. Flynn, stating that "I believe [it] directly relates to opportunities, and I would add threats, in the Asia-Pacific Indo-Pacific region."
He said the issue extends beyond a direct challenge to the ideas of territorial sovereignty, encompassing threats to the right of people to exist and to choose their own form of government.
Gen. Eyre also noted that if these norms in the international order are not upheld, it will embolden others to embark on imperialistic adventurism and expansionism in the international system.
"Standing up against this aggression, standing up against this perhaps the largest threat to the international order since the end of the Cold War, and perhaps since the end of the Second World War, I think is in all of our interests," he said.