Communists in China labeled Taiwan an “inalienable part” of their country this week just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin used the same logic to justify a military invasion of eastern Ukraine.

“Taiwan is not Ukraine,” claimed Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. “Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China. This is an indisputable legal and historical fact.”

“The issue of Taiwan is one left over from the civil war, but China’s integrity should never have been compromised and never has been compromised, Hua added” reports Reuters. “The defeated Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the civil war to the Communists, who set up the People’s Republic of China.”

“In the face of foreign forces intending to manipulate the situation in Ukraine and affect the morale of Taiwanese society, all government units must strengthen the prevention of cognitive warfare launched by foreign forces and local collaborators,” explained Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

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