The United States sets red lines for China, helping Russia evade sanctions
The United States sets red lines for China, helping Russia evade sanctions

The United States sets red lines for China, helping Russia evade sanctions

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks to the media about the war in Ukraine and other topics in the White House in Washington, USA, March 22, 2022. REUTERS / Leah Millis

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ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, March 23 (Reuters) – The Biden administration, which seeks to deter China from helping sanctions-stricken Russia, warned Beijing on Wednesday not to take advantage of sanctions-created business opportunities, help Moscow evade export controls or deal with its bans financial transactions.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that the G7 countries would soon announce a comprehensive response to ensure that Russia could not evade Western sanctions imposed on its invasion of Ukraine with the help of China or any other different country.

Speaking on board Air Force One en route to Brussels, where President Joe Biden will attend an emergency NATO summit, Sullivan said: “It is not specifically about China, but it will apply to any significant economy and the decisions that “Some of these economies are trying to, in a conscious and active way, to undermine or weaken the sanctions we have imposed.”

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He said that the US government had conveyed this message to China and that “We expect similar communication from the EU and individual European countries.”

After Biden had a video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, Beijing condemned the sanctions against Russia. It said that “sweeping and arbitrary sanctions would only make the people suffer” and not “escalate further.”

US export restrictions are intended to block Russian access to critical goods such as commercial electronics, computers and aircraft parts.

Washington is concerned that China may help Russia “refill” and gain access to these products by violating trade restrictions. The U.S. government has the tools to make sure that does not happen, Sullivan added.

Trade Minister Gina Raimondo told Reuters on Wednesday that the United States would punish all companies that violate export controls on goods as semiconductors. Read more

In terms of payments, Sullivan said, the United States and its G7 allies will respond to “systematic, industrial-scale efforts to try to reorient the settlement of financial payments.”

China has not condemned Russia’s action in Ukraine, although it has expressed deep concern over the war.

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Reporting on Jarrett Renshaw aboard Afir Force One and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington; Additional reporting by Alexandra Alper; Edited by Heather Timmons, Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman

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