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Scholz warns China not to support Russia in the run-up to the meeting with Xi

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he will warn Chinese President Xi Jinping against providing military support to Russia.

He will point out that Russia is waging a war of conquest against Ukraine, “and insist that no one should help this succeed,” Scholz said in Shanghai on Monday.

“That is why we also call on everyone not to circumvent the sanctions… and that is why we also call for no arms deliveries.”

This also applies to goods that can be used for both civil and military purposes, Scholz emphasizes. China is considered Russia’s most important ally and is suspected of supplying such goods.

Scholz will meet with Xi and Prime Minister Li Qiang in Beijing on Tuesday.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is not just a European issue, Scholz said. “If this sets a precedent, it is a threat to peace and security around the world,” he said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a press statement in Shanghai.  Scholz will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing at the end of his trip.  Michael Kappeler/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a press statement in Shanghai. Scholz will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing at the end of his trip. Michael Kappeler/dpa

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