US President Joe Biden has given clear warnings about Russia in a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart. Biden has said that if China helps Russia, it will face dire consequences.
US President Joe Biden on Friday warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that if China decides to provide aid to Russia, which is carrying out horrific attacks on Ukrainian cities, it will have some implications and consequences for Beijing. Senior White House officials gave this information. According to officials, the 110-minute-long video call between the two leaders was the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
US President Biden’s warning to Chinese President for Helping Russia
He told reporters that the talks mainly focused on Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and US-China relations and its implications for the international order. Officials said President Biden outlined measures to prevent and respond to attacks, including sanctions on Russia. He also explained the implications and consequences if China helped Russia attack Ukraine.
However, a senior Biden administration official later declined to explain what the consequences could be for Beijing publicly. China has refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said much of the conversation was spent outlining the views of the US, its allies, and partners on the Ukraine crisis. During this, Biden told Jinping how we got here, what steps we took, and why we went to this extent.
A senior Biden administration official said the conversation was very clear. Biden apprised Jinping of the US assessment of Putin’s moves during this. Joe Biden also expressed his support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Biden also referred to the unprecedented coordination between the US and its European, NATO, and Indo-Pacific partners on Ukraine and global condemnation of the Russian aggression.
He said the US President expressed concern that Russia was spreading propaganda about fears of using biological weapons in Ukraine. While Xi Jinping raised the issue of Taiwan during the talks, Biden stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Gulf. On the other hand, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that in the talks, Jinping made it clear that there have been and always will be differences between the US and China. Still, it is very important to keep these differences under control.
In the statement, Jinping was quoted as saying that China does not want to see the situation in Ukraine coming to this verge. China is a supporter of peace and opposes war. This sentiment is embedded in the history and culture of China. Jinping said that all sides should jointly support Russia and Ukraine in reaching dialogue and reconciliation, ensuring peace in the region. The US and NATO should also discuss the Ukraine crisis with Russia so that the security concerns of Russia and Ukraine can be addressed.