Adviser to the U.S. President met in Rome with a high-ranking representative of the Communist Party of China.
The United States has warned China that it will face consequences if it decides to support Moscow in the face of economic sanctions from the West.
This was stated by the head of the press service of the Department of State, Ned Price.
The statement was made after the U.S. President’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink met in Rome with the head of the Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Commission on Foreign Affairs, Politburo member Yang Jiechi.
“The U.S. President’s National Security Adviser and our delegation directly and unequivocally expressed our concern about the support of Russia by the PRC before the invasion and the consequences that any such support will have from the point of view of the PRC’s relations not only with us, but also with other countries around the world, including our allies and in Indo-Pacific region,” Price said.
“We are very closely monitoring whether the PRC or any other country provides support to Russia in any form: material, economic, financial. Any such support from anywhere in the world would cause us great concern,” he said. “We have made it clear to Beijing that we will not be indifferent. We will not allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses,” Price said.
The White House reported that Sullivan and Yang Jiechi discussed the situation around Ukraine in detail at a meeting in Rome.
“The meeting was the development of a virtual meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 15. Sullivan raised a number of issues of US-China relations, with thorough discussions about Russia’s war against Ukraine. They also discussed the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China,” the message reads after the meeting.
As Yang Jiechi noted for his part, U.S. President Joe Biden previously stated that his administration does not want a new cold war to begin, does not seek to change China’s political system, and will not create blocs against China in the international arena.
“We hope that the American side will fulfill these promises of President Biden,” he added.
He noted that the parties need to help create conditions for the return of relations between China and the United States to “the right path of normal and stable development.”