The US has accused China of considering arming Russia against Ukraine, and it would be a huge mistake if it did.
According to the news agency AFP, the tension between the two countries is increasing at a time when the Russian attack on Ukraine completes one year, and a few days ago, the United States also shot down the alleged Chinese spy balloon.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken said on Monday that if China helps Russia in the Ukraine war, it will face consequences.
Similarly, the European Union has said that the Ukrainian army, which is fighting against the Russian army, is facing a shortage of military equipment, which will not take much time to overcome and will have to give the equipment to Ukraine within weeks.
Anthony Blanken told the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) that China is now considering providing “lethal assistance” to Russia, ranging from ammunition to automatic weapons.
“We have made it clear to them (China) that this will create serious problems in the relations between the two countries.”
He had expressed similar views while talking to the media in Germany on Saturday, where he is attending the Munich Security Conference.
He also met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Munich.
EU policy chief Joseph Borrell also warned at the Munich Security Conference that Ukraine is running out of ammunition and other supplies and is facing a decline in its ability to deal with a Russian attack.
He said that ‘Let us together speed up the process of helping Ukraine because it is facing a bad situation in terms of availability of weapons. These conditions have to change quickly and it must happen within a few weeks.
Although there are concerns that China is deepening ties despite the conflict, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi insists that Beijing is only playing a constructive role and will support peace-building and dialogue.
Anthony Blanken emphasized in an interview with ABC that President Joe Biden had warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about sending arms to Russia in March last year.
Sources say, “Since then, China has been cautious and has not crossed the line and has also stopped the supply of weapons while not crossing the line.”
Ledsey Graham, a member of the American Parliament, who participated in the Munich Security Conference, says that supplying weapons to Russia would be a blatant mistake by China.
According to him, “It would be a very foolish move (for China) which is like buying a ticket to travel on the Titanic after watching the movie.”