China accuses U.S. of ‘disinformation’ over warnings it’s considering sending artillery to Russia

China on Monday accused the United States of “disinformation” and a “double standard”over warnings that it is considering sending Russia artillery and ammunition for its war in Ukraine.

Beijing is promoting peace talks while it is Washington that is stoking the conflict, the country’s foreign ministry said, after Western officials raised growing concerns about China’s intentions.

“On the Ukraine issue, China supports an objective and just position and actively promotes peace talks. The U.S., however, has been fanning the flames and fueling the fight with more weaponry” for Kyiv, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular news briefing, pointing to a peace plan China released Friday on the war’s first anniversary.

“The U.S. has been spreading disinformation about China supplying weapons to Russia and using the allegation to sanction Chinese enterprises,” Mao said, describing this as a “double standard and the very definition of hypocrisy.”She added that Beijing had lodged stern representations with Washington after the Commerce Department on Friday blacklisted five Chinese companies it accused of providing assistance to the Russian military.