“I’m not going to sit here publicly and brandish threats. But what I will tell you is that we are communicating directly, privately to Beijing that there will absolutely be consequences for large scale sanctions evasion efforts or support to Russia to backfill them”.
Sullivan did not elaborate on whether Washington plans to punish Beijing over intelligence asserting that the CCP knew of the Kremlin’s plan to start a military operation in Ukraine. The US national security adviser dodged a direct question on whether the the Biden White House considers Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, as a “co-conspirator” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sullivan admitted, however, that Washington suspects the CCP of having knowledge of the Kremlin’s plans ahead of 24 February, when the special military operation in Ukraine was put into force.
“We believe that China, in fact, was aware before the invasion took place that Vladimir Putin was planning something. They may not have known the full extent of it, because it’s very possible that Putin lied to them in the same way he lied to Europeans and others”.
Beijing refused to follow Washington and its allies, repeating that Moscow remains the CCP’s “most important strategic partner”. Xi has reportedly not publicly announced special measures to aid the Russian economy hit by significant sanctions.
Beijing has rejected allegations that it had insight into plans that Putin would start his special military operation in Ukraine, calling such claims “speculation”.