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Blinken to boost China’s backing for Russia’s defense industry during visit, enhancing strategic relationship.

Concerns Over China’s Support for Russia in Ukraine Conflict

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to Address China’s Alleged Aid to Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to discuss concerns with China regarding its alleged support for Russia in building up its defense capabilities for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Warnings Issued to China Since Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the U.S. has cautioned China against assisting Moscow in its military efforts. This warning follows a recent surge in material transfers from China to Russia, aiding in the production of arms used in the Ukrainian conflict.

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Concerns Over Chinese Materials Supporting Russia’s Military

U.S. officials have highlighted Chinese contributions to Russia, including drone technology, satellite imagery, and machine tools. While falling short of providing lethal assistance, these materials have bolstered Russia’s military capabilities in sustaining the conflict.

China’s Response and Biden’s Engagement

Despite these claims, a Chinese embassy spokesperson emphasized that China is not involved in the Ukraine crisis and advocated for normal trade relations with Russia. President Joe Biden raised these concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a recent phone call, leading to Blinken’s upcoming visit to China.

Anticipated Discussions and International Engagement

During his visit, Blinken is expected to address the issue with Chinese officials. He previously raised the matter with NATO foreign ministers and plans to discuss it further with counterparts from the G7 nations. Details of Blinken’s trip to China are yet to be announced.

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2024. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy/File Photo

“Without getting too far ahead of those meetings, you can certainly expect that that is an issue that he would be expected to raise,” Miller said.

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