President Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping during a phone call on Friday that there would be consequences if China aids Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine, according to the White House.
Biden, in a call the reportedly lasted roughly two hours, said the U.S. has worked to prevent and is responding to Russia’s invasion, including imposing costs on the country.
He also “described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians,” according to the White House readout of the conversation.
As Biden emphasized his support for a diplomatic solution to the invasion, both presidents agreed to maintain open lines of communication and have their teams follow up on their conversation.
The phone conversation follows reports that China is considering military and financial assistance to Russia as it continues with its invasion of Ukraine.
Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and issued a joint statement opposing what they considered attempts at Western-nation expansion through the North Atlantic Trade Organization. That argument has also been Putin’s pretense for the Russia invasion.