The Biden administration presented the Chinese government with evidence that some Chinese state-owned companies could help Russia’s military efforts in Ukraine, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources, according to the BBC.
The US is trying to find out if Beijing is aware of these activities.
What exactly the aid to Moscow is, is not clear. It is known only in general terms that the assistance is military and economic.
Bloomberg sources believe that Chinese firms are deliberately assisting Russia in its military actions.
President Xi Jinping has avoided criticizing Russia over the war, but has offered to play a role in peace talks and to speak out against the use of nuclear weapons in the conflict.
If it turns out that Chinese state-owned firms did indeed support the invasion of Ukraine, this would have troubling implications for US policy toward both Russia and China, Bloomberg writes.
US strategy towards Ukraine is based, among other things, on isolating President Vladimir Putin’s government and strangling its economy. Increased support from China, the world’s second largest economy, could significantly undermine this strategy, the agency concludes.