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The White House put China on notice that there would be a steep price to pay if the communist regime provides aid to Vladimir Putin amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine which was invaded by its Russian neighbor.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki made it clear to the Chinese regime that there would be “consequences” if it moves to circumvent the crushing sanctions that the U.S., other western countries, and major corporations have leveled against the Russians.
According to Psaki, “There are a range of sanctions we obviously have in place and we watch, of course, if there’s a violation of those and we also watch if there is support provided for the military invasion of another country.”
“We’re going to be watching closely, and make clear that it’s not just us,” she said. “The decisions that China makes are going to be watched by the world.”
“Our National Security Advisor was clear there will be consequences, should [China] violate our sanctions,” @PressSec said of Jake Sullivan’s meeting yesterday with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi. #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/HBEU8gt267
— China Policy Research (@ChinaPolicyRsch) March 15, 2022
“The world is watching closely,” Psaki said. “There will be consequences should they violate our sanctions.”
Her remarks come after reports that U.S. officials have claimed to have intelligence that Russia has requested military aid from China, an allegation that both Beijing and Moscow have vehemently denied.
According to a report from Agence France-Presse, “Moscow also asked Beijing for economic assistance against the crippling sanctions imposed against it by most of the Western world, the New York Times said, again citing anonymous officials.”
“The officials declined to explain exactly what Russia had requested, or whether China had responded, according to the reports,” AFP added.
Reports of China’s possible assistance to the Kremlin came up during a Rome meeting between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Affairs Commission Director Yang Jiechi Monday, a sit down that has been described as an “intense seven-hour session,” according to Fox News.
“Mr. Sullivan raised a range of issues in U.S.-China relations, with substantial discussion of Russia’s war against Ukraine,” the White House said after the meeting, which officials said had been scheduled prior to intelligence suggesting Russia’s request for China’s aid,” Fox reported.
“We do have deep concerns about China’s alignment with Russia at this time, and the national security adviser was direct about those concerns and the potential implications and consequences of certain actions,” the official said, according to Fox News which noted it was “without commenting directly to the reports that Russia had requested aid from China after invading Ukraine.”
Sullivan also spoke of any possible Chinese chicanery regarding the sanctions against Russia during an appearance on NBC flagship “Meet The Press” on Sunday morning.
“We have made it clear to not just Beijing, but every country in the world, that if they think that they can basically bail Russia out, they can give Russia a workaround to the sanctions that we’ve imposed, they should have another thing coming because we will ensure that neither China nor anyone else, can compensate Russia for these losses,” he told host Chuck Todd.
“In terms of the specific means of doing that, again, I’m not going to lay all of that out in public, but we will communicate that privately to China, as we have already done and will continue to do,” Sullivan added.
On Tuesday, Psaki also confirmed that Biden would be venturing across the pond later this month, traveling to Brussels for an “extraordinary NATO summit” where he will meet with allies to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
.@PressSec Jen Psaki: "The president will travel to Brussels, Belgium later this month where he will join an extraordinary NATO summit on March 24th to discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts in response to Russia's unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/WczA5TuLXw
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 15, 2022
While the economic punishment of Putin has been severe, bringing great hardship to his people, he hasn’t budged as far as obeying orders to get out of Ukraine and Chinese intervention on Russia’s behalf is only going to prolong the suffering and increase the risk of a much wider war that could suck the U.S. in.
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