Chinese companies sell Russian goods its military needs to continue fighting in Ukraine

BEIJING – Chinese exports to Russia of microchips and other electronic components and raw materials, some with military uses, have increased since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, complicating US and Western allies’ efforts to isolate the country’s economy and paralyze its military.

Chip shipments from China to Russia have more than doubled to about $ 50 million in the first five months of 2022 compared to a year earlier, Chinese customs data shows, while exports of other components such as printed circuits had double-digit percentage growth. The export volumes of alumina, which are used to produce the metal aluminum, an important material in weapons production and aerospace, are 400 times higher than last year.

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