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Ukraine’s Moves Against Russia Show Taiwan ‘Asymmetric’ Weapons Work, US Official Says

  • Javelins, Stingers hindered invasion by bigger Russian force
  • Population must be willing, able to fight, Jessica Lewis says
A U.S.-made Javelin missile on the frontline in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A U.S.-made Javelin missile on the frontline in Kharkiv, Ukraine.Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Ukraine’s countermoves against Russia’s larger military shows Taiwan that possessing advanced “asymmetric” weapons and a determination to resist invasion by a larger neighbor can be a successful combination, according to a senior US State Department official. 

“One of the things that everyone is thinking about when it comes to Taiwan, and I think a lesson learned from this war, is that asymmetric works,” Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said Wednesday at a Center for International and Strategic Studies event on US security assistance to Ukraine.