US seeks allies’ backing for possible China sanctions over Ukraine war
The United States is sounding out close allies about the possibility of imposing new sanctions on China if Beijing provides military support to Russia for its war in Ukraine, according to four US officials and other sources.
It was not clear what specific sanctions Washington will propose. The conversations have not been previously disclosed.
They have also warned China directly against doing so, including in meetings between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as during a 18 February in-person meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi on the sidelines of a global security conference in Munich.
In meeting, Blinken warns China’s Wang Yi against aiding Russia in Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday (18 February) warned top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi of consequences should China provide material support to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
They said officials were laying the groundwork for potential action against Beijing with the core group of countries that were most supportive of sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine a year ago.
One official from a country consulted by Washington said that they had only seen scant intelligence backing up the claims about China considering possible military assistance to Russia. A US official, however, said they were providing detailed accounts of the intelligence to allies.
Key takeaways from China’s Ukraine position paper
China released a new position paper outlining its stance on the Ukraine conflict on Friday (24 February), the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
Could China tilt conflict?
The Ukraine conflict has settled into grinding trench warfare. With Russia running low on munitions, Ukraine and its supporters fear that supplies from China could tilt the conflict to Russia’s advantage.