As Western countries pledge their military and economic aid to Ukraine with the recent US announcement of cluster bombs, French diplomat Emmanuel Bonne alleged that China is sending Russia some type of equipment that will eventually be used for military purposes against Kiev.
“There are signs that they are doing things that we would like them not to do,” said Bonne, an adviser to the French president, at a rare press conference Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
Responding to a question about specifying what he was referring to, he said it was “a type of military equipment delivery, and as far as we know, they are not providing Russia with large-scale military capabilities.”
According to AFP“The Advisor noted the possible delivery of dual-use technologies, both civilian and military.”
The West has warned China not to provide Russia with any weapons that could be used in its special military operation against Ukraine.
Although he has regularly stated that there is no evidence to this effect, he is concerned about the possibility of Chinese companies distributing technology that could be used by the Russians in Ukraine.
As China maintains that it is a neutral party in the matter, it has called for respect for sovereign states, including Ukraine.
“We are at the point where the retaliatory action is starting in the field, when everything is complicated … We need it most to keep the Chinese away from supplying arms,” Boone said.
“I want China to demonstrate that it is a reliable partner in the conflict in Ukraine,” he said. He added, “I don’t have the evidence yet.”
He said, “On the diplomatic front, I do not believe for a moment that China will provide any solution to the war in Ukraine.”
“To prevent war we only need Putin to retreat and Ukraine to basically beat the Russians in the ground.”
“It will then be necessary to establish a very concrete kind of negotiating framework” that includes a wide range of partners, such as China and India, who can exert influence and guarantee concrete peace, Boone said.