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Blinken to Pressure China on Russian Military Support


State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters on Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will raise U.S. concerns about Beijing’s military assistance to Russia during an upcoming meeting in China later this month.

"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," Miller told reporters.

Last week, unnamed U.S. intelligence officials disclosed to various media outlets that the Chinese have significantly increased their sales to Moscow of precursor products used in the manufacture of military equipment since the start of the 2022 war in Ukraine.

The sources allege that some of the provisions include materials to build drones and missiles, optical implements, microelectronics, aviation parts, and machine tools.

One of the officials described the effort as “Russia is undertaking its most ambitious defense expansion since the Soviet era” and that “Russia would struggle to sustain its war effort without PRC inputs.”

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