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White House press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden conveyed “very directly, leader to leader, what the implications and consequences would be” if China provides material support to Russia during his virtual meeting Friday morning with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Watch Psaki’s remarks in the player above.
Biden and Xi spoke for nearly two hours as the White House looked to deter Beijing from providing military or economic assistance for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Psaki didn’t detail exactly what “consequences” were conveyed to Xi, telling reporters only that the administration has “a range of tools that could be considered, and sanctions are certainly one tool in the toolbox.”
In a readout after the conversation, China’s Foreign Ministry deplored “conflict and confrontation” but assigned no blame to Russia and said nothing of next steps.
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“China has to make a decision for themselves, about where they want to stand and how they want the history books to look at them and view their actions,” Psaki said.
Psaki said the issue of Taiwan was also raised by the Chinese during the meeting, and “the president reiterated that US policy on Taiwan has not changed.”
Asked about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s threat that any weapons shipments into Ukraine will be seen as “legitimate targets,” Psaki brushed it off calling it a “threat he’s made before.”
She said the White House will “watch closely if they follow up on that threat,” but added that the convoys are not just moving military assistance, “many of them are moving humanitarian assistance, as well, food and other aid that is getting to people who have been injured through this brutal invasion.”
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