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China draws lessons from Russia's losses in Ukraine, and its gains

By Chris Buckley

01 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

China is studying the war in Ukraine with an eye to future conflicts with the U.S. over Taiwan. The NYT looks at how the lessons learned could help the Chinese military.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Thousands of miles from the cities that Russia is bombing in Ukraine, China has been studying the war.

In an indirect struggle between two superpowers on the other side of the world, Beijing sees a source of invaluable lessons on weapons, troop power, intelligence and deterrence that can help it prepare for potential wars of its own.

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