Day 361: China May Be Prepared to Send Weapons to Russia, Says Blinken

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The Facts

  • US Sec. of State Anthony Blinken has said that China may be considering providing Russian forces with arms and ammunition. He warned China's top diplomat and state councilor, Wang Yi, during a meeting on Sunday that providing any such weapons would pose a "serious problem."

  • The meeting between Blinken and his Chinese counterpart took place on the sidelines of a global security conference in Munich. While Blinken said that the provision of "lethal assistance" would provoke "consequences," Mr Wang said the US should "resolve the damage" to bilateral relations caused by Washington's "indiscriminate use of force."

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Russia's deliberate targeting of energy infrastructure — unnecessarily increasing the suffering of civilians — amounts to war crimes. This continuing Russian barbarity must be confronted.

Pro-Russia narrative

Attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure are a direct consequence of the failure of the country's leadership to meaningfully engage in peace talks and the mistaken belief Kyiv's forces can defeat Russia on the battlefield. These attacks will stop once a more sober position is reached.

Nerd narrative

There's a 5% chance that China will get involved in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict by 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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