American and Chinese flags at the Beijing Olympics. February 2022. US warns China of sanctions threatening to bolster Russia’s war effort US President Joe Biden on Friday warned Chinese leader Xi Jinping of “consequences” if Beijing provides material support to the Russian regime in part of its invasion of Ukraine, the White House said based on the results of the talks held via video link.
The White House did not specify what the consequences were, but spokeswoman Jen Psaki said they could affect trade flows from China.
“Sanctions are definitely one of the tools,” Psaki said, responding to questions about whether China – the world’s largest exporter – could face trade tariffs or sanctions.
PSAKI added that the United States’ European partners will discuss possible retaliatory measures directly with Beijing.
A senior US administration official said Biden had indicated that Beijing would face retaliation for Russia’s support not just from the United States, but from around the world. peace.
“The president did not make any specific demands of China,” the official said.
China’s Foreign Ministry said the Chinese leader told his US counterpart that “the war in Ukraine should end as soon as possible and urged NATO countries to engage in dialogue with Moscow.”
At the same time, judging by statements released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Xi Jinping did not blame Russia for the invasion.
“Now the main priorities are continuing dialogue and negotiations, preventing civilian casualties, preventing a humanitarian crisis, ending hostilities and ending the war as soon as possible,” Xi said, suggesting that Washington and NATO are negotiating with Russia to solve the “core” of the Ukrainian crisis and to solve the security problems of Russia and Ukraine.
It is also said that the Chinese leader announced the consequences for the world economy if sanctions are imposed against China.
“Broad and indiscriminate sanctions will only hurt people. If they worsen further, they could cause major crises in the global economy and trade, finance, energy, food, industry and supply chains, harming an already global economy. weakened and causing irreparable losses,” Xi was quoted as saying by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
It is underlined that both parties have affirmed the need for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
The Kremlin denies reports that Russia has turned to China for help.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington feared China was considering direct aid to Russia with military hardware for use in Ukraine, which Beijing denied.
Washington also fears that China will help Russia circumvent Western economic sanctions.
In turn, the massive economic sanctions already imposed on Moscow against Beijing could potentially have disastrous consequences for the United States and the world, given that China is the second largest economy and largest exporter.
It should be noted that on Friday, on the eve of the telephone conversations between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, a Chinese aircraft carrier crossed the Taiwan Strait. It was followed part of the way by the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer Ralph Johnson.
China constantly claims that Taiwan belongs to it and increases its military activity near the island. This raises fears in Taipei and Washington that Beijing is following Russia’s lead and using force.