In an interview with Euronews on Feb. 28, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said that Ukraine is “one of us and we want them in” the European Union.

The European Union announced on Feb. 27 that it would provide the Ukraine military with $561 million in weapons and aid and ban Russian aircraft from EU’s airspace, along with packages of economic sanctions.

Linking Leyen’s statement on the Taiwan issue and EU support for Ukraine to the Taiwan issue, pro-democracy activist Wang Dan said in a Facebook post, “The European Union has already expressed its willingness to accept Ukraine as a member state, which has a significant countervailing effect on the future situation in the Taiwan Strait.”

Wang, one of the most visible student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, added, “If the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses force against Taiwan, it is possible that Taiwan will be forced to declare independence, rather than take the initiative, and thus be recognized by the West as an alternative to military support.”

“At that time, the CCP’s capture of Taiwan would be an aggression against a sovereign country, and failure to capture it would be tantamount to truly promoting Taiwan’s independence and establishment.”

“This is the biggest risk for the Chinese Communist Party to use force against Taiwan.”

“Of course, it also depends on whether the Taiwan government will make this move.”

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