China Sets Limits on Russia Relationship After Leaked Documents Raise Alarm


In one of its most explicit statements yet, China pledged to set boundaries on its increasingly-close relationship with Russia, vowing not to sell weapons to either side of the war in Ukraine.

During a Friday news conference, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said, "China will not provide weapons to relevant parties of the conflict, and manage and control the exports of dual-use items in accordance with laws and regulations."

Qin's remarks come amid Western fears that Beijing could deliver military aid to Moscow despite China's insistence that it is remaining neutral in the conflict.

Russian intelligence documents intercepted by the U.S. have shown that China had approved "provision of lethal aid" to Russia earlier this year, with plans to disguise the equipment as civilian items. The intercept was among a trove of classified documents that were found leaked on a Discord chatroom last month.

According to those documents, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service reported that China's Central Military Commission had "approved the incremental provision" of weapons, although no source for the intel was cited.

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