China has sharply reduced the supply of smartphones to Russia and almost stopped the supply of telecommunications equipment

In March 2022, China significantly cut shipments of smartphones, laptops and other technology products in

Russia.

What is known

This was announced by Gina Raimondo, Minister of CommerceUSA. The official believes that this indicates China's cautious approach to violating the sanctions that were imposed by the United States and allies on Russia due to military aggression against Ukraine.

States banned the supply of military products to the Russian Federationand dual purpose. This list does not include smartphones or laptops, but many companies have stopped exporting their products despite not being on the sanctions list.

In March, Chinese companies compared to Februaryimmediately reduced the supply of smart phones to Russia by 66%. With laptops, things were similar - a drop of 40%. But the export of telecommunications equipment has practically stopped altogether, falling immediately by 98% compared to the last month of winter.

The West still does not understand whether China is ready to helpRussia bypassing the imposed sanctions. However, some actions of companies hint that the Celestial Empire intends to leave the Russian Federation to solve its problems alone. In particular, recently DJI announced the suspension of activities in Russia (in Ukraine, too, by the way). Huawei removed the applications of the banks that fell under the sanctions from the AppGallery, sharply reduced the supply of equipment and turned off support for Mir cards.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Xiaomi andLenovo is trying to “quietly” leave Russia. And according to the Financial Times, shipments of Xiaomi, OPPO and Huawei smartphones in Russia have halved. At the same time, the companies do not officially comment on their connection with the sanctions restrictions.

In conclusion, we add that other countries have also significantly reduced the supply of technological products to Russia. In particular, the United States - by 86%, South Korea - by 62%, and Finland - by 60%.

Source: The Washington Post

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