US official: China is helping Russia carry out 'biggest military expansion since Soviet era'

Information available to the Biden administration shows that in the last three months of 2023, "more than 70 percent of Russian imports of machine tools came from China," which, according to them, allowed the Russians to increase production of ballistic missiles

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Jinping and Biden, Photo: Reuters
Jinping and Biden, Photo: Reuters
Disclaimer: The translations are mostly done through AI translator and might not be 100% accurate.

China is helping Russia carry out "its biggest military expansion since the Soviet era, and at a faster pace than we thought possible" at the start of the war in Ukraine, a senior US official warned.

The United States is encouraging Beijing to instead play a "constructive role" in that war, he said, adding: "We hope that these allies of ours will join us."

In particular, the Americans hope that European countries will pressure China to reduce its military support for Russia.

This call comes as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose country maintains particularly close economic ties with China, will be on a three-day visit there from Saturday.

As an example of Beijing's support for the Russian military-industrial complex, another senior US official cited large Russian purchases of Chinese electronic components, machine tools and explosives, adding that "Chinese and Russian companies have been working on joint production of drones" in Russia.

The two U.S. officials cited requested anonymity.

Information available to the Biden administration shows that in the last three months of 2023, "more than 70 percent of Russian imports of machine tools came from China," which, according to them, enabled the Russians to increase production of ballistic missiles.

The Americans listed the Chinese company "Dalian Machine Tool Group" among the Russian suppliers.

The mentioned senior officials also said that the groups "Wuhan Global Sensor Technology", "Wuhan Tongsheng Technology" and "Hikvision" supplied optical systems used in Russian tanks.

They also mentioned the Chinese companies "iRai Technology" and "North China Research Institute of Electro-Optics".

According to the same source, China supplies Russia with engines for unmanned aerial vehicles - drones and propulsion systems for cruise missiles, as well as nitrocellulose, which Russia uses for the production of artillery ammunition.

"We also know that China is providing intelligence footage to Russia for its war against Ukraine," the senior official said.

"One of the most decisive ways to help Ukraine today is to convince China to stop helping Russia rebuild its military-industrial base," another senior US official commented.

The US has recently stepped up its warnings to Beijing, and the issue of military support for Russia was the topic of a recent conversation between Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

The US president has presented himself as Ukraine's main ally since the start of the Russian invasion, but his policies have faced Republican opposition in Congress. For months, the American right has been blocking a vote on additional funds for military support to Kiev.

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