In what will likely anger the West and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) China has decided to send military equipment to Russia to help them counter Ukraine. Drones are among some of the gear being sent to Moscow.
China is exploiting a loophole in the West’s “strategy” to stop the conflict. But based on the West’s actions, it’s much more likely that they want the war to continue and escalate. China has sent Russia enough military equipment to outfit an army, using the loopholes in Western sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Politico reported.
Politico, using evidence like customs records, reported that Chinese manufacturers are delivering significant quantities of equipment to help Russia in its fight against Ukraine.
This includes enough protective gear to equip many of the troops Russia has mobilized for its invasion, as well as drones that can direct artillery fire and drop grenades on Ukrainian forces.
Chinese manufacturers have also sent thermal optical sights that can target soldiers at night, the report found. –Business Insider
The United States has already threatened China if it provides “lethal aid” to Russia in the conflict against Ukraine.
The loophole is that the gear China has sent is not “lethal”. It is all considered nonlethal by the West’s own standards and is seen as dual-use, which means it can have civilian as well as military applications. This leaves Western authorities with an out if they don’t want to confront China on the issue, Politico reported according to Business Insider.
China has repeatedly denied sending military equipment to Russia since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. But since this equipment has “civilian uses”, Beijing is getting around the U.S.’s threats and warnings. Not only that, but the U.S. is in no position to challenge China anyway.