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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday that China has yet to “cross” any lines as Beijing seeks to strengthen its ties with Russia over its war in Ukraine.
“We haven’t seen China move forward with any form of direct military assistance to Ukraine, and we haven’t seen it undertake systematic efforts to help the Russians evade sanctions and export controls,” Sullivan told White House reporters.
China has been condemned by the international community for its refusal to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.
President Biden has promised there will be “consequences” if it is discovered that Beijing helped Moscow circumvent international sanctions for its deadly war.
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A reading yesterday regarding a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping further challenged China’s position in the divided global arena.
China abstained from voting in March with 141 other nations at the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning Putin’s war.
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Beijing then voted against a UN General Assembly resolution to suspend Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council in April.
“They’re taking a very cautious approach to this,” Sullivan told reporters Thursday. “And on the issues that we particularly pressed them on – the provision of assistance, the circumvention of sanctions – we believe that China has not taken steps that have crossed those lines.”
According to a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Xi and Putin are said to have touted that, despite global turmoil, their relationship has maintained “good momentum” this year.
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The ministry said China and Russia will continue to “support each other on issues concerning core interests and major concerns such as sovereignty and security,” as well as maintaining global strategic coordination.
Putin also reportedly supported China’s stance on “domestic” matters that Western nations, including the United States, have sharply criticized, such as human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, as well as sovereign issues relating to Taiwan.
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