United States State Department Briefing

March 14, 2022

… we are watching very closely to the extent to which the PRC [People’s Republic of China] or any country in the world provides support, material, economic, financial, rhetorical or otherwise to this war of choice.

U.S. Dept. of State Spokesperson Ned Price on concerns about China being willing to provide Russia with support.
  • On Monday in the State Dept.’s Press Briefing, Price answered questions on a variety of foreign policy issues – one being Russia’s growing relationship with the PRC (People’s Republic of China).
  • He said the U.S. has been clear with China, both publicly and privately, “that there would be consequences” if the country were to provide any type of support to Russia amid its war on Ukraine.
  • Also on Monday, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan met with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome, raising concerns aboutChina’s alignment with Russia …

Why It Matters: While Price said he could not confirm if China is currently providing support to Russia, he explained: “This is very clearly a case of two autocracies with a desire to see a world that is more closed, that is less open, that is less free, come together in some ways, joining forces, and we’re watching very closely to determine the form that any such cooperation may take.”

by Jenna Lee,