China Helping Iran Supply Drones To Russia, U.S. Says

TOPSHOT - China's President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose with Mongolia's President during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr Demyanchuk / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDR DEMYANCHUK/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Chinese companies have helped Iran produce the infamous “Shahed” drones that Russia has used to bombard Ukraine, according to U.S. officials.
  • Iran’s military drone manufacturer has procured “thousands of aerospace components” from a Chinese company that routed the transactions through a Hong Kong-based front company.
  • Treasury Department officials unveiled sanctions on the supply chain as an exercise in enforcing the existing sanctions on the Iranian company, but the punitive measure raises the curtain on China’s sidelong support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.