The US believes China may be providing non-lethal military assistance to Russia for use in Ukraine, according to four US officials familiar with the matter, and the administration is concerned they are considering sending lethal aid.
While China has provided some help to Russia, including parroting Russian disinformation campaigns about the war and promoting Russian false pretexts about the war, this is more tangible assistance for use by Russian troops in Ukraine, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The officials declined to provide specifics about the non-lethal military assistance, but said it could include gear for the spring offensive like uniforms or even body armor.
A spokesperson for National Security Council declined to comment.
In the weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, senior US officials including President Biden and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned Beijing not to provide material support to Russia for the war or there would be consequences. China seemed to be complying and did not sell lethal weapons systems to Russia. [Continue reading…]