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At G7, Blinken Seeks European Support For Pressure On China

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Capri, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 19th Apr, 2024) The United States urged European powers to increase pressure on China at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Thursday, while accusing Washington and Beijing are helping Russia’s military expansion.

Americans hope in particular that European countries will force China to reduce military support for Russia, at a time when, according to Washington, Russian forces have gained ground in Ukraine after the February 2022 invasion. .

In addition to the United States, the G7 countries include Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy, which holds the presidency this year.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrived on the island of Capri in Italy on Wednesday, expressed his concerns during a working session dedicated to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a US diplomatic source.

China is “contributing to Russia’s ability to prosecute” the war in ways that threaten all of Europe, a senior US official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

“In creating this industrial base they’re expanding Russia’s ability to build equipment, build munitions, and it should give pause about what that capacity is” later, he said.

There is a “growing awareness” of the challenges associated with China’s support and the warning should appear in Friday’s final communique, the official added.

On Thursday, after meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Blinken stressed the “urgent” need to increase support for Ukraine, after a Russian strike on Wednesday left 18 people dead .

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote Saturday on new military aid including about $61 billion in long-delayed support for Ukraine.

“It’s a matter of life and death,” Kuleba said, adding that he would work at the G7 meeting to get more support for air defense, which he said was of “fundamental importance”.

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Washington has drawn a red line for Beijing — not to supply Russia with weapons for its war in Ukraine. And so far it has not presented proof that it was crossed.

But the United States has been increasingly critical of China’s alleged backdoor support for Moscow.

The US pressure comes as Blinken prepares to visit China, a trip Washington says will come in the “coming weeks”.

In Beijing on Tuesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he had asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to pressure Moscow to end its “senseless” war in Ukraine.

The question of military support for Russia was also discussed in a recent conversation between President Joe Biden and Xi.

A senior US official said last week that China was helping Russia undertake “the most ambitious defense expansion since the Soviet era and on a much faster timeline than we thought possible” early on. in the conflict in Ukraine.

Revealing the US findings, the officials said China is helping Russia in various areas including joint production of drones, space-based capabilities and exports essential for manufacturing. and ballistic missiles.

China is the key factor in reviving Russia’s defense industrial base “which has otherwise suffered many setbacks” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official told reporters in condition unknown.

Washington said China provided more than 70 percent of the $900 million in machine tools — likely used to make ballistic missiles — imported in the last quarter of 2023 by Russia.

U.S. officials also said 90 percent of Russia’s imports of microelectronics last year — used to make missiles, tanks and planes — came from China.

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