NY Times: Biden admin shares Russia Intel with China; Beijing transfers it to Moscow

A report in The New York Times on Friday said the Biden administration, for months, handed over intelligence on Russia to the Chinese, who then turned over to Moscow.

“For more than three months, senior Biden administration officials held half a dozen emergency meetings with top Chinese officials, during which the Americans presented intelligence indicating a military buildup. Russia’s team around Ukraine and begged the Chinese to tell Russia not to invade”, The New York Times report.

“Each time, Chinese officials, including the foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, rejected the Americans, saying they did not think an invasion was taking place. After a diplomatic exchange in December, US officials received intelligence that Beijing shared information with Moscow, telling the Russians that the US was trying to sow discord – and that China will not try to obstruct Russia’s plans and actions,” the newspaper added.

The report comes after tens of thousands of Russian troops invaded Ukraine on Thursday, launching air, ground and missile attacks on military and other targets.

The meetings during which the Biden administration handed over intelligence to Beijing began after Biden held a video summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in mid-November.

The Times continued:

After the meeting, American officials decided that the Russian military buildup around Ukraine was the most pressing issue that China and the United States could solve together. Some officials say the results of the video summit suggest there is a potential for improvement in US-China relations.

Others were more skeptical, but said it was important not to leave any stones unattended in an attempt to stop Russia from attacking, one official said.

A few days later, White House officials met with Ambassador Qin Gang at the Chinese Embassy. They told the ambassador what US intelligence agencies had discovered: a gradual encirclement of Ukraine by Russian forces, including armored units.

William J. Burns, director of the CIA, flew to Moscow on 2 November to confront the Russians about the same information, and on 17 November American intelligence officials shared their findings. with NATO.

The newspaper said that administration officials have also informed China about the supposedly tough sanctions the White House will impose on Russia and how they will negatively impact China because of the relationship. Beijing’s close relationship with Moscow. They also say that China’s global image will be damaged.

But their desperate efforts “went nowhere” and Qin was said to be “suspicious and suspicious”, the Times noted. NY Times: Biden admin shares Russia Intel with China; Beijing transfers it to Moscow

Jake Nichol

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