The United States is considering sanctioning China if it increases its support for Russia in its invasion of Ukraine

A local resident standing near buildings damaged by a Russian military attack, in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline town of Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region (Reuters) (STRINGER /)

USA is sounding out its close allies about the possibility of imposing new sanctions on China Yeah Beijing provides military support to Russia for his war on Ukraine, according to four US officials and other sources. The consultations, which are still in a preliminary phase, aim to gather the support of a number of countries, especially those of the rich group of 7 (G7), to coordinate support for any possible restrictions.

He Treasury Department The United States, the lead agency in imposing sanctions, declined to comment.

Washington and its allies have claimed in recent weeks that China was considering supplying weapons to Russiawhich Beijing denies. advisers to the US president, Joe BidenThey have not publicly provided evidence.

They have also directly warned China that he does not, even in meetings between Biden and the Chinese president Xi Jinpingas well as during a face-to-face meeting on February 18 between the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenand the senior Chinese diplomat, wang yion the sidelines of a global security conference held in Munich.

The administration’s initial steps Biden to counter Chinese support for Russia have included informal contacts at the diplomatic and staff levels, including the Treasury Departmentaccording to sources familiar with the matter.

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