Day 372: Scholz Joins US in Urging China Not to Provide Russia with Weapons

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The Facts

  • Ahead of a trip to the US on Friday, German chancellor Olaf Scholz followed suit with America in urging China not to provide weapons to Russia in its fight against Ukraine.

  • Addressing the German parliament on Thursday, Scholz said: "My message to Beijing is clear: use your influence in Moscow to urge the withdrawal of Russian troops. And don't deliver any weapons to the aggressor Russia." China has denied it has any intention of providing Russia with weaponry.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

China must be made to understand that the international community will not tolerate any attempt to aid Russia in its illegal invasion of Ukraine — Beijing's international diplomatic relationships and economy will suffer if this continues.

Establishment-critical narrative

The US has prolonged the conflict in Ukraine by intensifying its arms deliveries to Kyiv, yet it continues to spread false information about China’s supply of weapons to Russia. US sanctions are demonstrations of double standards and bullying.

Nerd narrative

There's a 15% chance that China will get involved in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict by 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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