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US Reaffirms Warning to China On Support For Moscow

Washington said Beijing should “take away the right lessons” from the coordinated response over Ukraine if it is considering any moves on Taiwan

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A building in Ukraine bombed by Russia. China has refused to condemn Russia's actions and has criticised the sweeping Western sanctions on Moscow. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine via Reuters.


Sanctions imposed on Russia should give China a “good understanding” of the consequences if it provides material support to Moscow, US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman said in the latest warning to Beijing over the invasion of Ukraine.

Sherman said the “range of sanctions” and export controls coordinated among US allies and partners against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country’s economy, and oligarchs, should serve as an example for China’s leader Xi Jinping.

“It gives President Xi, I think, a pretty good understanding of what might come his way should he, in fact, support Putin in any material fashion,” Sherman told a House of Representatives foreign affairs committee hearing.

She said Beijing should “take away the right lessons” from the coordinated response over Ukraine that any moves by China to take the democratically governed island of Taiwan by force would not be acceptable.

“We hope that [China] understands that any such action would see a response from the international community, not just from the United States,” she said.

China has refused to condemn Russia’s action in Ukraine or call it an invasion and has criticised western sanctions on Moscow, although a senior Chinese diplomat said last week that Beijing is not deliberately circumventing those sanctions.

Beijing and Moscow have developed increasingly close ties in recent years, including the announcement of a “no limits” partnership in February.

Sherman said Beijing was showing signs of being “conflicted” about being so closely linked to Russia following the emergence of grim images of bodies of civilians shot in the northern Ukrainian town of Bucha when it was retaken from Russian forces.

“That’s not to say they don’t see Russia as a partner. I’m not naive. They do. But they have also been public to say it is not an alliance,” Sherman said.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell




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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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