President Joe Biden is sending his national security advisor to Rome on Monday to meet with a top Chinese official amid growing fears that China is amplifying Russian misinformation in the Ukraine crisis and may help Russia avoid economic penalties.
According to Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, the talks between national security adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi will focus on efforts to manage competition between the two countries as well as the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on regional and global security.
According to US authorities, China is aiming to offer cover for a hypothetical Russian military biological or chemical weapons assault against Ukrainians.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Sullivan said that when Russia accuses other nations of plotting biological or chemical strikes, “it’s a good indication that they may be on the verge of conducting it themselves.”
He also stated that China and other nations should not assist Russia in evading sanctions, and that the US has made it plain that other countries should not bail out the Russian economy. “We will make certain that neither China nor anybody else will be able to recompense Russia for these losses,” Sullivan added.
The shocking allegations of Russian misinformation and Chinese collusion came after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed, without providing evidence, that the US was funding Ukrainian chemical and biological weapons laboratories.
Russia’s assertions were backed by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, who stated that the US Department of Defense had “total authority” over 26 bio-labs and related facilities. The United Nations has stated that it has received no evidence to back up such charges.
Last Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki labeled the charges “preposterous.” Wednesday night, Psaki tweeted. “There’s an obvious trend here.” Sulllivan, who spoke on numerous Sunday news shows before to his trip, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Russian rhetoric on chemical and biological warfare “indicates that the Russians are getting ready to do it and attempt to put the blame somewhere, and nobody should fall for it.”
The Chinese abstained in United Nations votes condemning Russia and has condemned economic penalties imposed on the country.
Despite issues about its impartiality and lack of expertise managing international conflict, it has declared support for peace negotiations and offered its services as a mediator.
Chinese authorities have also stated that the United States should not be entitled to complain about Russia’s activities because the United States invaded Iraq under false pretenses.
Sullivan and Yang recently met in Switzerland, when Sullivan expressed the Biden administration’s worries about China’s military provocations against Taiwan, human rights violations against ethnic minorities, and efforts to silence pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.