As the world draws breath after the first hectic six months of the war in Ukraine, another potential flashpoint demands our attention: Taiwan.
Although the capital cities are 8,000km (4,970 miles) apart, security analysts suggest that Kyiv and Taipei share very similar defence priorities and should learn from each other as each seeks to fend off the unwanted attention of an imperialist neighbour.
Security experts are asking: are we entering the era of the porcupines?
If it is impossible to render one’s country totally impervious to ambitious bullies perhaps, the argument goes, it is better to raise the cost of any intrusion to a level unacceptable to the aggressor.
In short, promise the hunter such a thorny reception that even if the balance of military probabilities suggests he might eventually succeed, he decides against invading because of the pain he will have to endure to prevail.
To be a porcupine is a bold strategy, calling for a complete change from conventional military thinking regarding defence equipment, training and structures.
Instead of investing, as Taiwan currently is, in small quantities of high-spec military kit such as US F-16 fighter jets and M1A2 Abrams tanks, perhaps Taipei should instead be buying or creating vast quantities of cheaper, less sophisticated equipment.