US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Wednesday that the United States has “growing concern” about the partnership between China and Russia — and China’s tacit support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“My assessment is the PRC (People's Republic of China) is trying to both increase its standing in the international community by saying that it's willing to mediate and help bring this horrifying invasion to an end. And at the same time, they are committed to their no limits partnership with Russia,” Sherman said at an event at the Brookings Institution. “And we have, certainly, concern and growing concern about that partnership and the PRC’s support for this invasion.”
She said that China is trying to “have it both ways.” She also expressed concern about Russia’s partnerships with Iran and North Korea.
However, Sherman said her message to those supporting Moscow is: “You're going to end up with an albatross around your neck.”
“The Ukrainians are going to deliver a strategic failure for Putin. And that's going to create a lot of problems for those who are supporting this unholy invasion going forward,” she said.