In a statement U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said, sanctions imposed on Russia should give China a “good understanding” of the consequences should it provide material support to Moscow.
The “range of sanctions” and export controls on Russia and Russian oligarchs provides an example of the consequences should Chinese leader Xi Jinping decide to invade Taiwan.
“It gives President Xi, I think, a pretty good understanding of what might come his way should he, in fact, support Putin in any material fashion,” said Sherman to a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
Beijing should “take away the right lessons” from the coordinated Western sanctions should China take on democratically governed Taiwan.
“We hope that the PRC understands that any such action would see a response from the international community, not just from the United States,” said Sherman.
China has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has instead criticized Western sanctions on Moscow.
“That’s not to say they don’t see Russia as a partner. I’m not naive. They do. But they have also been public to say it is not an alliance,” Sherman said.
During a video call in March U.S. President Joe Biden had warned Xi of “consequences” if China provides any material support to help Russia counter Western sanctions or if it provides Moscow military assistance.