WATCH: ‘Lessons’ of Ukraine applicable to Taiwan, State Department says

The lessons being learned in the U.S. support of Ukraine against an ongoing Russian invasion should be applied to assisting Taiwan against the possibility of attack by mainland China, State Department Assistant Secretary Jessica Lewis said on Thursday.

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“We must take the lessons of Ukraine and apply them to Taiwan,” said Lewis before a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“The United States is determined to make sure that Taiwan has all necessary means to defend itself against any potential attack,” including “unilateral” action from China, she said.

Taiwan is a self-governed island claimed by China as part of its territory, but has viewed it as sovereign territory since a 1949 split amid civil war.

U.S. officials have raised concerns about what Washington views as Chinese military provocations against Taiwan, and have stepped up weapons sales to Taiwan in past years.

China has denounced such weapons sales and recent high level visits by U.S. officials and lawmakers