For the first time, China has supplied Russia with military equipment for war. This is the opinion of a military observer of the authoritative German publication BILD.
In this way, Julian Repke commented on a video published recently by Kadyrov, where he showed Chinese armored vehicles from Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing that had been delivered to the Akhmat battalion.
The head of Chechnya drove the vehicle himself and said that the combat vehicles would be used in Ukraine.
The BILD observer notes that it is still unclear whether an official agreement has been signed between Russia and China, but it is safe to say that this could not have happened without the approval of the Chinese Communist Party, so it is unlikely to be a private purchase.
On April 14, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said at a press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Burbock that China would not sell weapons to parties involved in the war in Ukraine and would monitor the export of dual-use goods.
"In the issue of exporting military products, China adheres to a responsible position... China will not transfer weapons to the parties to the war and will regulate the export of dual-use goods in accordance with the rules and laws," he said.
In this way, the Chinese Foreign Minister responded to the concerns of the United States and other countries that China was considering providing military assistance to Russia.
Of course, as we wrote at the time, life will tell. Moreover, China may try to find another way to support Russia. For example, the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) noted in early March that Beijing and Moscow are using Minsk as a gasket for China's assistance to Russia to bypass Western sanctions.
Lukashenka and Jinping signed sixteen documents, including a strategy for Belarusian-Chinese industrial development, a document on Belarusian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation for 2023-2024, and a memorandum of understanding on joint projects using Chinese government loans.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 10/06/2023