Speaking on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Mr. Blinken said he shared concerns with Mr. Wang that China was considering providing weapons and ammunition to help Russia’s campaign in Ukraine and that such action would have “serious consequences” for the United States. – Chinese relationship.
“To date, we’ve seen Chinese companies – and of course in China there’s really no distinction between private companies and the state – we’ve seen them provide non-lethal support to Russia for use in Ukraine,” Mr Blinken said.
“The concern we have now is based on the information we have that they are considering providing lethal support,” he added. “And we made it very clear to them that this would cause a serious problem for us and in our relationship.”
US officials have stressed that China itself is limited in its ability to supply Russia with all the goods it needs. For example, China does not produce the most advanced types of semiconductors, and restrictions imposed by the United States in October will prevent Beijing from buying some of the most advanced types of chips and the equipment used to make them from other parts of the world.
Russia is unable to produce precision missiles today because the country no longer has access to high-end semiconductors made by the United States, Taiwan, South Korea and other allied sources, a senior administration official said Monday.
“While we are concerned about Russia’s deepening relationship with them, Beijing cannot give the Kremlin what it does not have because China does not produce the advanced semiconductors that Russia needs,” Adeyemo said during his remarks. “And nearly 40 percent of the less advanced microchips that Russia receives from China are defective.”
But Ivan Kanapathy, the former China director of the National Security Council, said that most of what Russia needed for its weapons were less advanced chips, many of which are made in China.