On Tuesday, March 15, The Hill reported that both U.S. lawmakers parties expressed their agreement with launching economic penalties against China if it assists Russia to circumvent U.S. and European Union sanctions.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune said, “If China aids in this effort or takes the pressure off of Russia either economically or with respect to military assistance, then, yeah, I think we ought to keep every option on the table.”

Sen. Marco Rubio “I’ll just say that my expectation is they’re already helping them…I don’t need to see anything to tell you that I know that China would help Russia for a lot of different reasons, primarily because they view them as partners in this anti-Western, anti-U.S. effort which is broadly about redefining the order of the world.”

He added that “there should be “sanctions on those individual companies or whoever’s involved in it.”

McConnell, minority leader in the Senate, told reporters, “I think we are open to applying any pressure we possibly can, not only on Russia but those that try to help Russia.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-III) said that Americans could be affected if the U.S. extended sanctions on China.

He said, “It’s all connected, and it gets very serious. Even what we’ve done to Russia, though they’re a bit player in the global economy, is going to have some impact on us. They supply us with critical minerals, which we use for a lot of things,”

Law markers made those statements after meeting the U.S. national security adviser, Jade Sullivan, and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi ( 杨洁篪 ), in Rome.

The meeting that, as declared by the White House, “Mr. Sullivan raised a range of issues in U.S.-China relations, with substantial discussion of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

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