Putin's War: 'China, U.S. Share One Interest in Ukraine Right Now.' LISTEN

While Russia's economy collapses under sanctions and Putin's army bombs Ukraine, the U.S. is closely following China's response to the war, hoping it doesn't get involved, says Haaretz analyst Alon Pinkas

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The U.S. and China share a common interest in Ukraine, which both are not admitting publicly at the moment, says senior Haaretz analyst Alon Pinkas on the latest episode of the Haaretz Weekly podcast.

"It's a tragic conclusion, but they both share one interest which they will never say out loud, and that is for the war to go on for a few more weeks," he said in a conversation devoted to the diplomatic triangle of the Biden administration, China and Vladimir Putin's Russia.

"The U.S. and China, each for their own interests, want a weakened Russia," Pinkas explained, noting that Russia is suffering from the crushing international sanctions placed on its economy, and failing in its attempt to use the invasion of Ukraine to reposition itself as a major power on the world stage. Pinkas added that before the war in Ukraine, China viewed Putin as 'a potential asset', but now sees the Russian leader as more of a liability.

Listen to his full converastion with host Amir Tibon, starting at time code 18:24. They also discuss the possibility that China could end Putin's war, and what risks Beijing will be taking if it decides to help Russia overcome the sanctions.

Earlier on this episode, Haaretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer with an update from bombarded Kyiv on the latest developments in the war.

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