The United States has “deep concerns” about China’s alignment with Russia, a senior administration official told reporters Monday after an “intense” meeting with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and a top Chinese diplomat.
“We do have deep concerns about China’s alignment with Russia at this time,” the official said during a background call following Sullivan’s meeting. “And the national security advisor was direct about those concerns and the potential implications and consequences of certain actions.”
The official refused to comment on reports that the administration has information about China being open to giving Russia military equipment to aid in its invasion of Ukraine. Nor would the official comment on whether China has already given Russia any assistance since the invasion began.
“I’m not gonna comment on the specific reports, but what I will say in general – in terms of concerns – vis-a-vis what China may be considering or what kind of support it could provide … The national security advisor was clear over the weekend: We’re not communicating via the press with the PRC,” the official said.
Sullivan met with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi in Rome, Italy on Monday. The official described the meeting as “intense,” mentioning that it lasted for seven hours.
“Mr. Sullivan raised a range of issues in U.S.-China relations, with substantial discussion of Russia’s war against Ukraine. They also underscored the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting.