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US raises China's support for Russian aggression at G7

US raises China's support for Russian aggression at G7 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo: Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will express US concerns that Beijing is aiding Russia in expanding its military-industrial base for war against Ukraine, at a meeting with G7 counterparts in Italy this week, according to Reuters.

"What we have seen over the past months is that there have been materials moving from China to Russia that Russia has used to rebuild that industrial base and produce arms that are showing up on the battlefield in Ukraine. And we are incredibly concerned about that," State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said at a press briefing.

Blinken is set to visit China in the coming weeks, where, according to Kirby, the Secretary of State will raise the issue of Beijing's support for the Russian military-industrial complex. The issue is also expected to be discussed at the G7 meeting in Italy this week.

"Without getting too far ahead of those meetings, you can certainly expect that that is an issue that he would be expected to raise," Miller said.

China's support for Russian aggression against Ukraine

In October of last year, the Pentagon reported that China supplies weapons to Russia, including drones, small arms, and equipment.

However, China assures that it does not supply lethal weapons to Russia.

In April of this year, the US State Department stated that partly thanks to China's support, Russia has nearly restored its armed forces.

The US Treasury warned banks and exporters in China of serious consequences for assisting in strengthening Russia's military potential.

The Chinese have once again expressed outrage, considering the strengthening of the military-industrial complex of a country that is waging an aggressive war against a neighboring state, including destroying civilian infrastructure and killing civilians, as normal cooperation.

Recently, according to the US assessment, China has significantly increased sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics, and other technologies that Moscow, in turn, uses to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft, and other weapons for the war against Ukraine.