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President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Sunday that China would “absolutely” face consequences if it economically supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
During an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’, Sullivan dodged a question from anchor Dana Bash about whether he considered Chinese President Xi Jinping a ‘co-conspirator’ in the war. of Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine, but ultimately declared the relationship between the two authoritarian countries a “concern”.
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“We think China, in fact, knew before the invasion that Vladimir Putin was planning something,” Sullivan replied. “They may not have known the full extent of it, because it’s very possible that Putin lied to them the same way he lied to Europeans and others. We are also closely monitoring the extent in which China actually provides any form of support, material or economic to Russia.”
“This is one of our concerns,” he continued, “and we have made it clear to Beijing that we will not sit idly by and allow any country to compensate Russia for the losses it has suffered. suffered because of economic sanctions”.
Sullivan did not say whether the United States would sanction China if it was found to have aided the Russian invasion.
“I’m not going to sit here publicly and make threats,” he said, “but what I’m going to tell you is that we’re communicating directly, privately to Beijing that there will be absolutely consequences for large-scale sanctions-busting efforts or support for We will not allow this to go ahead and allow Russia to be a lifeline against these economic sanctions from anyone which country in the world.”
Unlike the United States and Europe, China has refused to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and said last week that Russia remains its “most important strategic partner”.
A Western intelligence report earlier this month showed Chinese officials had at least some knowledge of Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine. The report details that Chinese officials have called on Russia to postpone the invasion of Ukraine until after the Beijing Olympics. China denied the report, calling it “speculation”.
The Olympics ended on February 20 and Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24. A day after the invasion, China lifted its restrictions on Russian wheat imports to help ease the impact of the sanctions.
Republican Rep. Young Kim of California and Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan last week introduced a bipartisan bill, called the DICTATOR Act, that would require a State Department investigation into the extent to which the Chinese government supported the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
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“As the United States, NATO allies and other nations have taken action to hold Vladimir Putin accountable for his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and to support the Ukrainian people as they defend its freedoms, silence and the deference of the People’s Republic of China to the Russian Federation cannot be ignored,” Rep. Kim said in a statement announcing the bill.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government reportedly warned on Saturday that any country supporting Taiwan militarily would face ‘worst consequences’ and that ‘no one or force’ would be able to stop the Communist Party if it took action against the country. islander.
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