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U.S. Warns China Against Support For Russia; Jinping Blames Biden for Starting Conflict

'He who tied the bell to the tiger must take it off... '

(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) In a two-hour video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Joe Biden warned that China would face “stiff consequences” if it offered economic or military support to Russia, the Associated Press reported.

“[President Biden] described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians,” the White House reported in its “readout” of the call.

“This was really about President Biden being able to lay out very clearly in substantial detail, with a lot of facts, really walking President Xi through the situation, making very, very clear our views,” an administration official told reporters after the call, according to The Guardian.

According to the AP, however, President Jinping responded by blaming the United States for the conflict, and cited a Chinese proverb to that effect.

“He who tied the bell to the tiger must take it off,” Xi is alleged to have said.

Jinping also criticized the United States’ practice of issuing “sweeping and indiscriminate sanctions” that “would only make the people suffer,” inews reported.

The White House made no mention of that aspect of Xi’s response.

“The two leaders . . . agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries,” the official readout reported.

Biden announced Wednesday that the United States was providing an additional $800 million in military aid to the Ukraine, Politico reported.

Russia has asked China for military and economic assistance as it continues its campaign against the Ukraine, according to the New York Times.

In early February, the presidents of Russia and China signed a joint statement in which they claimed that there were “no limits” or “forbidden areas of cooperation” between their respective countries.

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