The German chancellor says Beijing will face “consequences” if it sends arms to Moscow
President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz give a joint press conference in Gransee, Germany, March 5, 2023 © Soeren Stache / dpa via AP
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has suggested that China will face unspecified sanctions if it ever meddles in the Ukrainian conflict and offers military assistance to Russia, even as European officials admit they have yet to see any evidence that Beijing intends to do so.
“I think it would have consequences, but we are now in a stage where we are making clear that this should not happen,” Scholz told CNN during his brief visit to Washington, when asked if Germany would sanction its biggest trade partner China.
Beijing has faced a growing wave of accusations from Western officials and media in recent weeks of potentially being open to supplying Russia with military aid – an allegation which it denies. China will “stay committed to an independent foreign policy of peace,” Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday, making no mention of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.