US expects China to deepen ties with Russia
The United States has repeatedly stated that China is considering supplying weapons to Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Florence Lo)
Despite public condemnations of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, China will deepen its cooperation with Moscow, Reuters reported on March 8, citing the annual U.S. threat assessment intelligence report.
"Despite global backlash over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China will maintain its diplomatic, defense, economic, and technology cooperation with Russia to continue trying to challenge the United States, even as it will limit public support," the report says.
At the same time, U.S. intelligence assesses that Beijing sees benefits in a stable relationship with Washington, despite Chinese leader Xi Jinping's recent harsh criticism of the United States.
On March 7, Xi Jinping accused Washington of "suppressing" Beijing, in an unusually blunt speech.
The United States and its allies have repeatedly said that China is considering supplying arms to Russia. According to U.S. media reports, this would include drones, ammunition, and artillery.
Reuters reported that the White House is seeking support from allies for a potential introduction of sanctions against China – if Beijing provides military assistance to Russia in the war against Ukraine.
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