The US made it clear to China that they understand who is helping Russia
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The administration of US President Joe Biden recently expressed concern to China over evidence it had that Chinese companies were selling non-lethal equipment to Russia for use in Ukraine in order to find out how Beijing knows about these deals, according to two U.S. officials, CNN reports.
The equipment includes items such as body armor and hard hats, several sources familiar with U.S. and European intelligence told CNN, but it does not provide for the more serious military assistance that Russia has requested.
The transfer of equipment is “a concern,” one US official said, but at this stage it is unclear to Washington whether the central government is aware of this. While state-owned enterprises dominate China's economy, they still need to be controlled.
According to a second official, some US officials believe the Chinese government is aware of the equipment transfers and should take steps to reverse them.
While the Biden administration is still weighing the impact and the overall value of the support, this is causing growing concern among US officials.
U.S. officials have declined to provide details about the connection between the Biden administration and Beijing.
According to a second official, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel to China in the coming weeks, and deliveries are expected to be the subject of discussion.
Bloomberg was the first to report contact between the Biden administration and Beijing.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich