FACT CHECK: No, Russia Did Not Send Troops To Taiwan

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter
A video shared on Facebook claims Russia sent troops to Taiwan.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that Russia sent troops to Taiwan.

Fact Check:

China’s military has been increasing its pressure on Taiwan this year, according to The New York Times. It has been sending greater amounts of drones, aircraft and ships around Taiwan’s territorial waters and airspace, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 16,000 times, claims that Russia sent troops to Taiwan. The video’s caption reads, “Chinese Top Official Stormed Out of the Kremlin! Putin Sending Troops to Taiwan for Revenge!”

There is no evidence for this claim. If Russia had sent troops to Taiwan for “revenge,” media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. The foreign ministries of the three countries have not confirmed that Russia has sent troops to Taiwan. (RELATED: Pentagon Claims Last Time U.S. Used Cluster Munitions Was In 2003)

The Institute for the Study of War, a non-partisan think tank, reports on China and Taiwan in a weekly update. In its Aug. 10 update, it didn’t state that Russia had sent troops to Ukraine. The update concerns recent counter-espionage efforts, among other events.

“The Republic of China (ROC) arrested active-duty Republic of China Army (ROCA) personnel for allegedly passing on national security secrets to China. The pattern of ROC military personnel spying for China in conjunction with light espionage punishments indicates the ineffectiveness of current ROC laws in deterring potential spies,” reads the update.

While Russia and China have differed on how to approach the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported that China “reassured” Russia after the country said it would join a forum on how to conclude peace in the Russian-Ukrainian War.

Elias Atienza

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