China may soon be supplying arms to Russia, warns Antony Blinken

US will suffer 'consequences' if it escalates balloon incident, says Beijing

Antony Blinken

Blinken at Incirlik Air Base near Adana, in Turkey on Sunday photo: reuters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China’s top diplomat against providing lethal aid to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rebuked him over an alleged Chinese spy balloon that heightened tensions between the world’s largest economies.

Blinken told Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi in Munich on Saturday evening that the US had information China was considering whether to give Russia assistance, possibly including guns and weapons, for the war in Ukraine. The US has warned China since the start of the invasion a year ago not to do so.

“The concern that we have now is, based on information we have, that

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First Published: Feb 19 2023 | 11:09 PM IST

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