The US Secretary of State has warned China there will be “consequences” if Beijing provides material support to Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
Antony Blinken said in an interview after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Washington was concerned Beijing was considering supplying weapons to Moscow.
The top diplomats of the two superpowers met at an undisclosed location on the sidelines of a global security conference in Munich.
Just hours earlier, Mr Wang had scolded Washington as “hysterical” in a running dispute over the Americans downing a suspected Chinese spy balloon.
Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating since Washington said China flew a spy balloon over the continental US before American fighter jets shot it down.
In an interview to be aired on Sunday morning on NBC News’ Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Mr Blinken said the United States was very concerned that China is considering providing lethal support to Russia and that he made clear to Mr Wang that “would have serious consequences in our relationship”.
“There are various kinds of lethal assistance that they are at least contemplating providing, to include weapons,” Mr Blinken said, adding that Washington would soon release more details.