US doesn't see China trying to evade Russia sanctions

US doesn't see China trying to evade Russia sanctions

The US does not see China trying to evade sanctions against Russia

The US Department of Commerce on Tuesday blacklisted several private Chinese companies involved in the implementation of the Russian military program   The US does not see China trying to evade sanctions against Russia

The US Department of Commerce blacklisted several private Chinese companies involved in the implementation of the Russian military program on Tuesday

The United States has made no record of China evading sanctions or supplying military equipment to Russia, a senior administration official said Thursday, adding that the restrictions earlier this week targeted certain Chinese companies, not government entities.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted five Chinese companies for alleged support of the Russian defense industry.

The United States warned Beijing of the consequences, including sanctions, if China provided material support to the Russian military industries.

“China does not provide them with material support. These are normal restrictive measures against organizations that represented Russian interests,” a senior Biden administration official told Reuters, referring to the US Department of Commerce blacklist.

“We have not seen China systematically … supplied military equipment to Russia,” the source said.

China refused to condemn Russia's actions against Ukraine and criticized sweeping Western sanctions against Moscow. Beijing also says it has not provided military assistance to Russia or Ukraine, but will take “necessary steps” to protect the rights of its companies.

A company being blacklisted by the Commerce Department means U.S. suppliers need a license, before they can supply goods to companies on the list. However, dozens of other organizations and companies were included in the list of the Ministry of Commerce, including those in allied countries such as the UK and Lithuania.