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China likely to pull back on lethal aid to Russia after US warning: retired general

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo prior to talks in Beijing on Feb. 4, 2022, weeks before Putin invaded Ukraine. The two are scheduled to meet this spring to discuss a China-brokered peace plan.

Retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane on Sunday said Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s warning on Sunday that China could provide lethal aid to Russia could actually cause Beijing to cancel those plans.

Blinken said in an interview aired Sunday that China is “strongly considering” sending Russia ammunition and weapons as its war on Ukraine reaches the one-year mark. 

“I agree with the administration for beginning to expose what they have picked up, likely in intelligence circles, that China is getting ready to provide some military lethal aid to Russia,” Keane, a Fox News analyst, told host Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday.”

“And I think coming out and exposing — and I would go further and tell them — what we think they are attempting to provide, China will pull back, likely, after that public exposure.”

Keane called China and Russia “strategic partners” and said “we shouldn’t be surprised that China wants Russia to succeed.”

“Remember, China has not condemned the invasion. They have not condemned that it’s illegal. They have not come out and spoken against genocide and war crimes that are being committed,” Keane said.

“Certainly, China has been buying as much Russian oil as they possibly can and helping them with the sanctions that are imposed on them.”

Concerns that Beijing could give Russia a boost come amid strained U.S.-China tensions after the Biden administration shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon earlier this month. 

Blinken postponed a planned trip to China amid the controversy, but met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, where he raised the issue of lethal support for Russia.

“I made clear the importance of not crossing that line and the fact that it would have serious consequences on our own relationship, something that we do not need on top of the balloon incident that China is engaged in,” Blinken said.

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