China will bear “consequences” if it helps Russia fantasize

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Beijing will “certainly” bear the consequences if it helps Moscow avoid the drastic sanctions imposed by the invasion of Ukraine, warned US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who is due to meet with a senior Chinese diplomat in Rome on Monday. , Yang Jiechi, according to Reuters.

Sullivan told CNN that the United States was of the opinion that Beijing was aware of Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine before the invasion took place, although the Chinese state may not have understood the full scope of the plan.

Washington is currently closely monitoring the extent to which Beijing has provided economic or material support to Russia and would impose consequences if it did so.

“We are directly informing Beijing in private that there will certainly be consequences for large-scale sanctions, evasion efforts or support for Russia to balance them,” Sullivan said.

“We will not allow this to go on and there is a lifeline for Russia against these economic sanctions in any country and anywhere in the world,” he said.

A senior US official has said that the war in Ukraine will be an “important topic” during Sullivan’s meeting with Yang, which is part of a broader effort by Washington and Beijing to maintain open channels of communication and manage competition between the world’s two largest economies.

“This meeting takes place in the context of Russia’s unjustified and brutal war against Ukraine, and because China has joined Russia in promoting its own vision of world order, so I expect the two to discuss the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on the perspective of regional and global security “, according to the American official.

The United States announced on Saturday that it would provide additional weapons worth up to $ 200 million to Ukrainian forces.

The United States and its allies have imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia, including a ban on energy imports.

Beijing, a key trading partner of Russia, has refused to describe Russia’s actions as an invasion, although Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “maximum restraint” on the situation in Ukraine last week after a virtual meeting with German Chancellor , Olaf Scholz, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Xi also expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on global finance, energy supply, transportation and supply chains, amid growing signs that Western sanctions are limiting China’s ability to buy Russian oil.

“If Sullivan believes that he can persuade China to take part in sanctions against Russia, he will be disappointed,” Hu Xijin, a former editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run China Global Times, said on Twitter.

Sullivan will also meet in Rome with Luigi Mattiolo, diplomatic adviser to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, to continue coordinating the international community’s strong response to President Vladimir Putin’s “chosen war,” according to the quoted source.

The International Monetary Fund has announced that Beijing risks not reaching its 5.5% economic growth target for 2022 due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. The IMF president said he had discussed talks with China’s central bank to persuade Russia to end the war.