Washington, D.C. According to American intelligence, China may be considering giving Russia weapons and ammunition, which would be a “severe problem” for the Kremlin’s war effort, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
According to Blinken, the United States has long been concerned that China would give Russia weapons. He cited the promise of a relationship with “no bounds” made by China President Xi Jinping to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting just weeks before Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Relationships between the two nations have only been stronger since then.
“We’ve been keeping a careful eye on this. And, for the most part, China has supported Russia diplomatically, politically, and rhetorically, but we have information that makes us worry that they may be considering giving Russia lethal support in the conflict with Ukraine,” Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday, a day after he met with Wang Yi, the top foreign policy official for the Chinese Communist Party, at a security conference in Munich.
Blinken stated, “It was important for me to discuss with Wang Yi that this would be a severe concern.
As the war approaches the one-year mark, Putin is keen to demonstrate some advancement on the battlefield; therefore, Russian soldiers have started taking the initiative in eastern Ukraine.
According to Blinken, “The Ukrainians are holding very firm, while the Russians are suffering horrendous losses in this effort.” He calculated that 97% of Russia’s ground forces are present in Ukraine.
In addition, the Russians are keen to expand their holdings before Ukraine receives the more sophisticated armaments that the United States and its European allies have lately promised.
But what Secretary Blinken said, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “is big news to me.” If China gives Russia deadly weapons, Graham said the world should “come down hard on China,” and he cautioned Chinese authorities against acting hastily.
He said, “To the Chinese if you get on the Putin train right now, you’re stupider than dirt.” “It would be like purchasing a Titanic ticket after watching the movie. Avoid doing this.
The “most catastrophic thing that might happen to the U.S.-China relationship,” according to Graham. Everything would alter as a result for good.
Following the U.S. shooting down what it claims was a Chinese spy balloon in recent weeks, tensions between Washington and Beijing have increased. China maintains that it was blown off course and used primarily for meteorological research.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, also voiced her alarm about any attempt by the Chinese to arm Russia, saying, “that would be a red line.”
Former vice chief of staff of the Army and retired general Jack Keane said he supported the Biden administration’s decision to make public China’s potential willingness to give Russia access to some lethal weapons. He claimed that it might convince China to wait.
China will probably back down following such public exposure, according to Keane. “And I think coming out and exposing and I would go farther and tell them what we think they are attempting to deliver,” he added.
Thomas-Greenfield appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Blinken and Graham appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” while Keane spoke on “Fox News Sunday.”