China may be preparing to give Russia military aid for Ukraine, sources claim

Vladimir Putin Xi JinpingTHE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HAS asked China to supply it with military hardware, as well as diplomatic and financial support, which would allow it to weather Western-imposed sanctions against it, according to Western officials. In what bears the marks of a controlled leak by the White House, several American and British news outlets reported late last night that Moscow had approached Beijing with a request for support across many levels, as the war in Ukraine continues to escalate.

The New York Times said that “an official” in the US government had confirmed that Russia and China were in communication about the possibility of Beijing providing Moscow with military support for its war in Ukraine. However, the official would not comment about the intelligence sources and methods that the US employed to secure this information. Separately, Politico reported yesterday that the details of Russia’s alleged request remained secret. According to the American news outlet CNN, China’s response to Russia’s request was not known as of last night.

Later in the evening, London-based newspaper The Financial Times said there were early “indicators that China may be preparing to help Russia” in Ukraine. American officials told news outlets last night that Washington was “watching closely” to see whether Moscow’s request would be granted by the Chinese. The BBC reported late last night that the administration of US President Joe Biden was urgently putting pressure on China, hoping to convince it to refrain from taking steps to help Russia in Ukraine, militarily or economically.

This development comes less than 24 hours before President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, is scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting in Rome, Italy, with Yang Jiechi, director of the Communist Party of China’s Central Foreign Affairs Commission. The Commission is chaired by no other than Chinese Premier and Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping. Moscow will need the Commission’s support for its request for Chinese military assistance, if it is to receive it in the coming days.

There is a general consensus among observers that the meeting in Rome between Sullivan and Yang is of critical importance for the future of the war in Ukraine. The United States will try to convince China that it has much to lose economically by siding with Russia in this war. Meanwhile, Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the embassy of China in Washington, was telling Western news media last night that the embassy had “never heard” of a request for military assistance from Russia.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 14 March 2022 | Permalink

3 Responses to China may be preparing to give Russia military aid for Ukraine, sources claim

  1. Pete says:

    With the cost of Russia’s War on Ukraine and Western economic sanctions Russia has suffered a rapid decline in foreign exchange reserves https://www.ft.com/content/526ea75b-5b45-48d8-936d-dcc3cec102d8

    Extensive Chinese financial assistance would make Russia deeply indebted to China. China has used Debt Trap Diplomacy against lesser countries http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-trap_diplomacy

    Such a financial lever on a grand scale over Russia would yield strategic dividends for China, while diminishing Russia’s and Putin’s power in so many ways.

  2. Jimmy Gilbert says:

    re: Pete,

    The State of Texas has larger trade with China, than Russia. US economy is 21 Trillion, Russia 1.5 Trillion… China was just told helping Russia, is joining Russia and the sanctions…

    China’s debt trap, how do you make a nuclear power do as you want, with debt?

    The Chinese are watching closely how the world is dealing with Russia in regards to Taiwan, and taking notes… India is the one to watch…

  3. Pete says:

    Hi Jimmy

    India? Rest assured my intel agency is continuing its questioning of friendly Indian agents like codename “Ghalib Kabir”:

    See https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-nuclear-weapon-triad-for-australia.html?showComment=1647326445501#c194300054402226697

    Cheers Pete

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