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Will China help Russia evade sanctions?, March Madness: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: What’s China’s plan in the wake of Russia’s invasion?

Reporter Maureen Groppe considers. Plus, there’s some optimism after the latest negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Russians are increasingly seeking asylum in the US, education reporter Alia Wong looks at what teachers are doing amid anti-Asian hate and March Madness is here.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Buenos dias. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Tuesday, the 15th of March, 2022. Today China’s relations with Russia in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine. Plus the latest from Kyiv and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. Filmmaker Brent Renaud has been shot and killed in Ukraine. The documentary brought stories of suffering from conflict areas all over the world throughout his career. He was 50 years old.
  2. COVID 19 cases in China have more than doubled from a day ago as the country faces its worst COVID arises since the early days of the pandemic. The fast spreading stealth omicron variant has slammed both the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
  3. And Idaho has become the first state to pass abortion legislation modeled after the Texas six-week ban. The Idaho House passed the bill with no Democrat support.

Western officials, including in the US, are keeping a close eye on what China does next when it comes to Russia. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters a third week, much of the West has worked to isolate Russia with some of the harshest sanctions in modern history. But as White House correspondent Maureen Groppe tells us, China is trying to balance relations with both Russia and the West. Will they help Russia avoid sanctions or push President Vladimir Putin to end the war?

Maureen Groppe:

Well, China so far has been trying to stay on the sidelines. This war is not good for them. It has economic repercussions that are not helpful, but they also don’t want to do anything that hurts Russia. Russia is a strong ally with them against the West. So they are in this tough spot right now where Russia is looking to them for help. And the US is warning that they should not help. And there’s also been some calls that China should try to step in and see if they can find some way to resolve this, resolve the war and give Putin an off ramp.

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