President Joe Biden’s top national security adviser said on Sunday that the White House has yet to see China provide lethal aid to Russia in its war on Ukraine and warned Beijing that doing so would be against its interests.
“We haven’t seen China provide military equipment to Russia yet for purposes of fighting the war in Ukraine. We haven’t seen it yet,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told NBC News’ “Meet the Press”. But said
“We’re continuing to watch. As President Biden said, we’ll be vigilant, but so far, we haven’t seen it,” Sullivan said.
“I don’t think it’s in China’s best interest to do that,” Sullivan said.
His comments came after reports that the US believes China is considering sending artillery and ammunition to Russia.
“I think it will alienate them from many countries in the world, including our European allies, and it will put them at the center of responsibility for war crimes and bombings of civilians and atrocities being committed by the Russians in Ukraine,” Sullivan spoke out about China sending military aid to Russia, saying “their weapons will actually be used to slaughter people in Ukraine.”
“But this is a decision Beijing will have to make for itself,” he said.
NBC News reported that three current US officials, a Western official and a former US official said the intelligence revealed that China is considering sending artillery and ammunition to Russia. These officials would not say what specific evidence they have to support their claims.
China’s foreign ministry did not respond to an earlier request by NBC News for comment on the intelligence.
The Wall Street Journal first reported what the US believes Beijing is considering.
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