A new report says that Chinese companies, including at least one linked to the Chinese Communist Party, are sending Russia assault rifles, drone parts and military corps.
Data obtained by Politico indicates that these shipments to Russia occurred between June and December 2022, long after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.
The state-owned defense contractor, China North Industries Group Corporation Limited, sent CQ-A rifles to Russia’s Tekhkrim in June 2022, according to customs data. Although these rifles were marked “civilian hunting rifles”, they were reportedly used by Chinese paramilitary police.
The data also showed that Chinese companies sent 12 shipments of drone parts and more than 12 tons of body armor to Russian entities.
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It is not clear from the customs data that Beijing is shipping these items to Russia for the express purpose of aiding the war effort in Ukraine, as this equipment could be classified as “dual use”.
Fox News Digital has contacted the US State Department for comment on the latest developments.
the report It comes after officials said last month that the United States was “confident” that China was considering providing lethal aid to Russia to support Moscow’s war against Ukraine.
The United States and its NATO allies have repeatedly warned that any country – including China – will see swift and severe economic sanctions if they are found to be aiding Russia’s war effort.
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Beijing has struggled to maintain the balance between maintaining constructive relations with the West while condemning the “hysterical” US, as has Beijing brought down its surveillance balloon and accused it of escalating the war by providing defense aid to Ukraine.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.
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