The Wall Street Journal reported that since Russia invaded Ukraine, China has significantly increased exports of microchips and other electronic components, raw materials, and other dual-use items to Russia.
These goods can be used to produce weapons, allowing Moscow to maintain the pressure in its war with Ukraine.
China’s action undermines efforts by the United States and its Western allies to isolate Russia’s economy and weaken its military to prevent war.
According to the report, chip shipments from China to Russia more than doubled to $50 million from the same period last year, while other components such as printed circuit boards increased by double digits.
Exports of alumina used to make aluminum, a key material for weapons, from China to Russia were 400 times higher than last year.
The Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), an organization dedicated to monitoring security threats, examined trade between Russian defense companies and China Poly Group, a corporation controlled by the Chinese regime.
Naomi Garcia, a researcher at the agency, said in a report published on July 15th that she had identified 281 previously undisclosed so-called dual-use devices shipped to Russia from a Poly subsidiary between 2014 and January 2022.
The most recent shipment was in January, when Poly Technologies exported antenna components to Russian defense company Almaz-Antey.
Based on an assessment of Russian customs records, C4ADS said the antenna components are used in the radar of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. Russia is using the S-400 system during the Ukraine war.
Garcia said, “Poly Technologies is undeniably facilitating the Russian government’s acquisition of missile-system parts.”