Some Chinese companies, including Xiaomi and Lenovo, under pressure from anti-Russian sanctions and Western suppliers, are suspending the import of their products to Russia. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on May 6, citing sources.
“Some large companies are curtailing deliveries to Russia without official announcements, where Chinese tech companies lead the market for many goods,” the article says.
The interlocutors of the WSJ noted that because of this situation, Lenovo and Xiaomi have actually stopped deliveries of their devices to Russia, while a certain stock of goods from these manufacturers is still available.
Some Chinese companies officially announce that they are leaving the Russian market. This is what the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI did at the end of April, announcing the temporary suspension of its activities in Russia and Ukraine.
Earlier, on March 9, The New York Times reported that the United States had threatened to impose sanctions on Chinese companies if the economic restrictions imposed on Russia were ignored.
It was noted that United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued a stern warning, saying that the United States would cut off these companies from the American equipment and software they need to manufacture products.
It was also pointed out that Washington could “virtually shut down” Chinese companies if they ignore US sanctions that limit the supply of microchips and other technologies to Russia.
The day before, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that if China does not comply with anti-Russian sanctions, it will incur US retaliatory steps. Psaki noted that China is currently complying with the sanctions regime.
On February 28, China refused to support new sanctions against Russia. It was clarified that China opposes unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law.
A number of countries are imposing new sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to the military operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect Donbass. It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the DPR and LPR to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the Donbass republics.
The Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat in Ukraine, since 2014.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.