The United States has threatened sanctions against Chinese companies if they ignore the economic restrictions imposed on Russia.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has issued a stern warning to Chinese companies that may flout announced U.S. restrictions on exports to Russia, saying the U.S. will cut them off from the U.S. hardware and software they need to manufacture their products.
It is also reported that Washington could “virtually shut down” Chinese companies if they ignore US sanctions that limit the supply of microchips and other technologies to Russia.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that if China did not comply with anti-Russian sanctions, it would incur US retaliatory steps. Psaki noted that China is currently complying with the sanction’s regime.
Early March, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the United States, NATO, and the European Union to engage in an equal dialogue with Russia to develop a sustainable mechanism for ensuring security in Europe.
China has so far refused to support new sanctions against Russia. It was clarified that China opposes unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law.
In late February, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, said US officials’ calls for fierce competition with China could escalate into a full-scale confrontation, and American actions in the Indo-Pacific region challenge Beijing.
Chinese authorities decided to impose sanctions against the United States in response to the state’s sale of weapons to Taiwan. The restrictions will affect Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies. It was noted that the decision was made in order to protect the sovereignty and ensure the safety of Chinese citizens.