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China Considering “Lethal Aid” to Russia

According to Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States, China could be thinking about providing lethal aid for Russia. This, if confirmed would mark an unprecedented escalation. China‘s participation in the Russia-Ukraine War.

“[F]or the most part, China has been engaged in providing rhetorical, political, diplomatic support to Russia. But we have information that gives us concern that they are considering providing lethal support to Russia in the war against Ukraine,” Blinken Submitted ABC’s “This Week” After meeting with Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat at the Munich Security Conference, the program will be held on Sunday.

Wang spoke on the 18th of February at the conference and stated that the Chinese regime was working to a “peace proposal” It is possible to reach an agreement between the two sides. Blinken stated that the stated intention seems to be contrary to intelligence from the United States.

“There are various kinds of lethal assistance that they are at least contemplating providing, to include weapons,” Blinken stated that Washington would soon release more details. He said that Beijing’s assistance to Russia could be interpreted as “a dangerous threat.” “serious consequences” Relationship between the U.S. and China

Wang and Blinken met for the first time since the end of the Cold War. surveillance balloon incident that set off an uproar in the United States and forced Blinken to cancel a planned visit to Beijing, bringing the relationship between the leader of the liberal democratic world and the leader of authoritarian governments to a freezing point.

Hours before the meeting, Wang described the U.S. shootdown of the Chinese spy balloon that enter U.S. airspace without permission as “hysterical,” “unimaginable,” and a violation of international norms.

China’s Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, on Feb. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Chinese regime insists that the spy balloon is a weather balloon intended mainly for research purposes; the United States rejects this contention saying that it detected other equipment onboard and downed the spy balloon with an F-22 fighter jet.

In a statement following the U.S.-China exchange in Germany, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it does not “accept the U.S.’s finger-pointing or even coercion targeting China-Russia relations” and, regarding the balloon incidence, threatened that the United States “should be prepared to bear all consequence arising from an escalation.”

‘Ticket on the Titanic’

After Blinken spoke to ABC on Sunday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) warned in the same program that Beijing providing military aid to Moscow would have “catastrophic” consequences for the U.S.-China relationship.

“What Secretary Blinken said is big news to me. He believes that the Chinese are on the verge of providing lethal weapons to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” Graham said. “And to the Chinese, if you jump on the Putin train, you’re dumber than dirt. It would be like buying a ticket on the Titanic after you saw the movie.”

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U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) (L) speak to members of the press during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 14, 2022. The senators held a news conference on designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“The most catastrophic thing that could happen to [the] U.S.-China relationship, in my opinion, is for China … to start to give lethal weapons to Putin in this crime against humanity. That would change everything forever,” Graham said, recalling Vice President Kamala Harris’s comments on Feb. 18 about designating Russia’s actions in Ukraine as a “crime against humanity.”

In a separate interview with CNN, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, echoed Graham’s comments.

“We’re not going to advance and announce what we’re planning to do, but we made clear to the Chinese that there will be consequences should they make that unfortunate decision,” Thomas-Greenfield said, cautioning that the lethal support from the Chinese regime to Russia would be a “red line.”

Eva Fu contributed to this report.

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