Posted 2 марта 11:21
Published 2 марта 11:21
Modified 2 марта 12:45
Updated 2 марта 12:45
The Americans, as it turned out, are already secretly consulting with the countries of the G7 group to coordinate support for any possible restrictions on recalcitrant China, Reuters notes, citing its reliable sources.
However, it is still unclear exactly what anti–Chinese sanctions the Americans are proposing - all conversations on this topic have not been disclosed. Even the US Treasury Department, which is responsible for imposing sanctions, declined to comment.
On the eve of Washington and its allies said that China is considering the possibility of providing weapons and ammunition to Russia, but they have not yet provided convincing evidence of this. Nevertheless, both President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned Beijing against rash steps.
One unnamed official from a country consulted by Washington told Reuters that the Americans have only scant intelligence allegedly confirming claims that China is considering possible military assistance to President Putin.
China's role in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is expected to be one of the main topics at Biden's talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the White House on Friday. Before that, in New Delhi, the American delegation was going to raise this issue at a meeting of G20 foreign ministers, where representatives of Russia and China are present, among others.
According to international experts, among the problems that the United States will face when imposing sanctions on China, the second largest economy in the world, will be China's deep integration into the main economies of Europe and Asia. The very raising of the issue of "punishing Beijing" will greatly complicate negotiations with allies - from Germany to South Korea, analysts predict.
Anthony Ruggiero, an expert on sanctions under former President Donald Trump, believes that the Biden administration has opportunities for economic restrictions, but only private entities in China, and that this may deter the Chinese government and banks from providing further support to Moscow.
The White House should force China to choose between access to the US financial system or military assistance from Russia, Ruggiero said, referring to the sanctions approach to Iran and North Korea.