WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will speak on Friday when the White House warns Beijing that providing military or economic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have serious consequences for Washington and beyond.
The differences between Washington and Beijing are expected to revolve around the prosecution of Russian President Vladimir Putin against the three-week war against Ukraine at the center of the call.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden will question Shi about Beijing’s “rhetorical support” for Putin and his failure to denounce Russia’s savage invasion.
Earlier this weekunnamed U.S. officials said China had offered to provide Russia with military and financial assistance for the Ukrainian campaign, finding evidence to help ward off the impact of harsh sanctions imposed by the West.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan at the time he warned China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi at a meeting in Rome opposed the aid, even though the Kremlin had refused to request military equipment.
China later declined, saying its stance on the Ukraine conflict was “completely objective” and “impartial.”
According to Biden’s public schedule, his virtual meeting with Xi will take place at 9 a.m. Friday.
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