U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday, April 6, that sanctions placed on Russia over its war in Ukraine should give China a “good understanding” of its implications if it provides material support to Russia.

According to Reuters, Sherman stated that the “range of sanctions” and export controls coordinated by U.S. allies and partners against Russia’s President Putin, its economy, and oligarchs, should serve as a reminder for Chinese President Xi.
She said, “It gives President Xi [Jinping], I think, a pretty good understanding of what might come his way should he in fact support Putin in any material fashion.”

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State said on the same day, “We hope … the PRC gets some lessons learned out of this,” and “I hope there’s some lessons learned that sanctions bite, that we will keep them coming, that there will be consequences for actions.”

The Biden administration has frequently cautioned China about the potential economic consequences of aiding Russia in the war, whether financially or militarily.

China has repeatedly declined to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine or call them an invasion. At the same time, it has criticized Western sanctions against Moscow, despite a senior Chinese official saying last week that Beijing is not intentionally evading the sanctions.

In recent years, Beijing and Moscow have grown closer, culminating in the proclamation of a “no limits” relationship in February, during the Winter Olympics.

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