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The United States has accused China of supplying Russia with cruise missile and drone engines as well as machine tools for ballistic missiles, while urging Europe to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on Beijing to she puts an end to these sales.

In disclosing previously classified intelligence, senior U.S. officials said Chinese and Russian groups were working to jointly produce drones in Russia. They said China also supplied 90% of the chips Russia imported last year and used in making tanks, missiles and planes.

The officials added that China was also helping Russia improve its satellite and other space capabilities to help it continue its war in Ukraine, and that Beijing was also providing it with satellite imagery.

Dennis Wilder, a former China military analyst at the CIA, said the disclosure “far exceeds previous estimates and shows a concerted agenda by Chinese leaders” to help Moscow continue the war in Ukraine.

“Russia lost access to critical machine tools from Europe early in the conflict and China moved to fill the void,” said Wilder, now at Georgetown University.

Wilder said the chips were essential for targeting systems and radars and that China was also a world leader in drones for military and civilian purposes.

People familiar with the matter said the United States believed European pressure would be key to convincing Beijing to stop exporting the material.

Friday’s U.S. revelations come after officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised concerns in recent weeks with European capitals about China’s supply of military technology to Russia, and pushed allies for help.

In addition to rhetorical pressure, the United States wants Europe to use economic tools more. One person said Europe had sanctioned three Chinese groups since the invasion, compared to more than 100 by Washington.

The person said Beijing was increasingly confident that its support for Moscow would not jeopardize economic relations with Europe, and that it would be concerned about any increased pressure given its economic problems. She said sanctions from European countries could have a very significant impact on a change of calculus in China.

The person said the United States is also making clear to banks — in China and beyond — the implications of facilitating Russia’s trade payments to Chinese groups that are helping Moscow rebuild its military.

The campaign to pressure European countries to increase pressure on China comes just two weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden raised the issue in a phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. A second person said Washington had seen no signs of Beijing withdrawing since the call between the leaders.

Senior U.S. officials said China had built up support for Russia for more than two years and that Beijing believed it could avoid crossing red lines by providing equipment that technically did not amount to “lethal” assistance. .

But Chinese support is helping Russia rebuild its defense industrial base and reduce the impact of Western sanctions and export controls.

“These materials fill critical gaps in the Russian defense production cycle,” a senior US official said. “As a result, Russia is undertaking its most ambitious defense expansion since the Soviet era and on a faster timeline than we thought possible at the start of this conflict. »

The officials said several Chinese groups – including Wuhan Global Sensor Technology, Wuhan Tongsheng Technology and Hikvision – supplied optical components for use in Russian weapons systems, including tanks and armored vehicles. They said Russia also obtained military optics for its weapons from iRay Technology and the North China Electro-Optics Research Institute.

Washington also accused Dalian Machine Tool Group, one of the largest such companies in China, of supplying tools to Russia.

The officials added that Chinese entities were also “probably supplying” nitrocellulose, used to make weapons propellants, to Russia. They said this allowed Moscow to “rapidly” expand its capacity to produce critical munitions, including artillery shells.

Washington hopes that European countries will be more forceful towards China during their upcoming trips to Beijing.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will have the opportunity to convey this message to Xi when he meets on Tuesday during his second official trip to China. Ahead of the trip, a senior German official said Berlin was “concerned” that Beijing was “delivering goods to Russia that support its war effort – dual-use technologies that Russia can use for military purposes” .

“It’s something that we’re very concerned about,” he said. “We will clarify this during the negotiations.”

The Chinese Embassy in the United States said China had “not provided weapons to any party” in the Ukraine conflict.

“Normal trade between China and Russia must not be disrupted or restricted. We urge the US side to refrain from denigrating and scapegoating the normal relations between China and Russia,” said embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu.

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