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China can take advantage of the Ukrainian crisis: an American general

China could take advantage of the Ukrainian crisis and do something “provocative” in Asia, while Western powers are focused on easing tensions with Russia, a US general warned on Wednesday.

Russia’s deployment of more than 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine has raised fears of invasion in Washington and other Western capitals.

The chief of the U.S. Pacific Air Force, General Kenneth Wilsbach, noted that China has sided with Russia in the crisis, raising questions about its own intentions in Asia.

“In terms of whether China will see what’s happening in Europe and … try to do something here in the Indo-Pacific region – absolutely yes, it’s a concern,” Wilsbach said, using an alternative term for Asian. -Pacific region.

“I have fears that they will want to take advantage,” he added, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Singapore Air Show.

“It will not be surprising if they try something provocative and see how the international community reacts.”

Wilsbach said that when Beijing expressed support for Russia in the confrontation with Ukraine, he held talks with his staff and other “entities” in the region about its consequences.

Hawaii-based Wilsbach Command will play a central role if the conflict erupts in the Pacific.

For years, Beijing has been blamed for fueling tensions in the region as it has steadily consolidated control over key islands and atolls in the South China Sea.

Beijing claims almost the entire sea, but it covers Taiwan and four countries in Southeast Asia – Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Although the United States and other Western countries have no claim to this, they fear that Chinese control could disrupt freedom of navigation on the strategic waterway.

In recent months, China has also stepped up pressure on Taiwan, which it considers its territory, by sending fighters into the island’s air defense identification zone.

Wilsbach said that when China looks at crises, he wonders whether “it’s an opportunity to benefit.”

He did not specify what China could do during the Ukrainian crisis, saying only that for Beijing, “there are probably a number of options.”

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