President Joe Biden’s top national security adviser said Sunday that the White House has yet to see China provide deadly assistance to Russia in its war against Ukraine and warned Beijing that it would be against its interests.
“We haven’t seen China supply military equipment to Russia for combat purposes in the war in Ukraine yet. We haven’t seen that yet,” the House’s national security adviser said. Blanche, Jake Sullivan, on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“We keep watching. We will remain vigilant as President Biden has said, but so far we haven’t seen it,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan added, “I don’t think it’s in China’s interest to do that.”
His comments come after reports that the United States believes China is considering sending artillery and ammunition to Russia.
“I think it would alienate them from a number of countries around the world, including our European allies, and it would put them squarely at the center of responsibility for the kinds of war crimes and bombings of civilians and atrocities that the Russians commit. in Ukraine,” Sullivan said of China sending military aid to Russia, adding that “their weapons would actually be used for the slaughter of people in Ukraine.”
“But this is a decision that Beijing will have to make on its own,” he added.
NBC News reported that intelligence suggests China is considering sending artillery and munitions to Russia, according to three current U.S. officials, a Western official and a former U.S. official briefed on the intelligence. These officials would not say what specific evidence they have to back up their claims.
China’s Foreign Ministry did not respond to NBC News’ previous request for comment on the intelligence.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report details of what the United States thinks Beijing is planning.
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