National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the United States had signaled to China that if Beijing provided military assistance to Russia, the move would have serious consequences.
According to Sullivan, China has not yet taken steps to provide lethal assistance that would help Russia wage war on Ukraine.
“Beijing will … make decisions on how to proceed, whether or not to provide military assistance, but if it goes down this path, China will face real consequences,” Sullivan said in an interview with CNN.
In another interview with this ABC television channel, Sullivan noted that China has not ruled out such an option.
U.S. officials confidentially warned their Chinese counterparts of the implications of such a move, Sullivan said.
The United States and its NATO allies have sought to caution China against the move in recent days, publicly saying they believe China is planning to provide “deadly” aid to Russia.
On Sunday, CIA Director William Burns also spoke about China.
“We are confident that the Chinese leadership is considering supplying lethal equipment. We also do not see that a final decision has yet been made, and we do not see any evidence of actual deliveries of lethal equipment,” Burns told CBS.
Republican Congressman Michael McCall, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told ABC that China is considering sending drones to Russia, according to US intelligence.
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