Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with China’s chief diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome on Monday to help Moscow avoid sanctions against the war in Ukraine. If he warned Beijing that he would face “absolutely” consequences.
Sullivan said in a CNN State of the Union address that Beijing may not have understood the full extent of what was planned, but China knows that Russia is planning actions in Ukraine. He said he believed.
Now, Mr Sullivan said Washington is closely watching how much Beijing is providing economic or material support to Russia and will impose consequences if that happens.
“We are in direct and personal contact with Beijing. Large-scale sanctions avoidance efforts and support for Russia will definitely have an impact on backfilling them,” Sullivan said.
“We do not allow it to move forward, nor do we allow any country in the world to have a lifeline from these sanctions to Russia.”
A senior government official said the war in Ukraine would be an “important topic” in the talks between Sullivan and Yang. This is part of Washington and Beijing’s extensive efforts to maintain communication and manage competition between the world’s two largest economies.
“This conference is taking place in the context of Russia’s unjust and brutal war against Ukraine. I’m looking forward to China working with Russia to advance its vision of world order … Russia’s war with Ukraine on regional and global security. “
No concrete results were expected from the meeting, subject to anonymity, sources said.
The United States said on Saturday that it would rush Ukrainian troops with up to $ 200 million in additional weapons to protect itself from Russian bombardment in Europe’s largest war since World War II.
Russia’s assault, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,” trapped thousands of civilians in a besieged city and fled 2.5 million Ukrainians to neighboring countries.
The United States and its allies have imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia, banned its energy imports, and provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in military and humanitarian assistance.
Individually and together, they appealed to China, the Gulf countries and others who failed to condemn the aggression to participate in the isolation of Russia.
Beijing, a major trading partner, refused to call Russia’s actions an invasion, but President Xi Jinping in Ukraine last week after a virtual meeting between German Prime Minister Olav Schortz and French President Emmanuel Macron. He called for “maximum suppression.”
Xi also expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on global finance, energy supply, transportation and supply chains amid growing signs that Western sanctions are limiting China’s ability to buy oil in Russia.
“It would be disappointing to think that Sullivan could convince China to participate in sanctions against Russia,” Hu Xijin, a former editor-in-chief of the state-sponsored Global Times, said on Twitter.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said last week that the crisis could prevent China from achieving its 5.5% growth target this year, and its chief talks with China’s top central bank to end the war in Russia. He said he expected the pressure to increase.
While in Rome, Sullivan will also meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s diplomatic adviser Luigi Matioro and will continue to coordinate Vladimir Putin’s strong global response to the “war of choice”, sources said. ..
The United States and a group of seven developed countries increased pressure on Russia on Friday by demanding that Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status be revoked.
About 46% of Russia’s economy in 2020 was trade, much of it with China, its largest export destination.