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The US claims that China is helping Russia with military rearmament

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China is helping Russia with the country’s biggest military buildup since the Soviet era, according to US officials. Here, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (tv) and Kian’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands during the former’s visit to Beijing earlier in April. Photo: The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ press service via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 13.04.2024 05:03:06

Policy: According to US officials, the Chinese are assisting the Russians in several areas, including the joint production of drones, military aerospace and machine tools used in the production of ballistic missiles.

China has been instrumental in reviving the foundation of Russia’s defense industry, “which has otherwise suffered significant setbacks” since the invasion of Ukraine, an anonymous senior US official said at a closed press briefing.

– Russia is carrying out the country’s most ambitious defense rearmament since the Soviet era, and on a faster timeline than we thought possible at the start of this conflict, he said.

According to the US, China produced 90 percent of the microelectronics, used to make missiles, tanks and aircraft, that Russia imported last year.

– Our point of view is that one of the most decisive moves we have available to support Ukraine now is to convince China to stop helping Russia rebuild the foundations of its military industry, he said further.

German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz is going to Beijing at the weekend, and the G7 has a meeting of foreign ministers in Italy next week.

In addition, US President Joe Biden is expected to visit China in the coming weeks. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ended a visit to Beijing this week.

According to the US officials, Biden raised the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they spoke by phone recently. It is also a topic of discussion for America’s allies in Europe and around the world, it says.

Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu told Reuters the US should not interfere in or disrupt normal trade between China and Russia.

– We encourage the American side to refrain from slandering and making scapegoats out of the normal relationship between China and Russia, says Liu.

Russia has repeatedly warned China against supplying Russia with weapons, and both US and Chinese officials say the Chinese have not directly supplied Moscow with weapons.

Russia has had to resort to heavily sanctioned North Korea and Iran to fill its stocks.

The US hopes that the release of what is partly classified intelligence information could encourage European allies to put pressure on China.

The Chinese embassy in the US insists that China has not provided weapons to any of the parties to the war and adds that the country is not a party to the war. However, China has not condemned the Russian invasion, and relations between the countries have only grown closer since it broke out.

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