I joined Times Radio’s Anna Cunningham on Friday to analyze how China is maintaining a cautious line over Vladimir Putin’s failing invasion of Ukraine.

After a summary of the military situation, with Ukraine’s successful counter-offensive in the northeast, I turn to Thursday’s meeting between Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan.

I put the signals — with Putin referring to China’s “questions and concerns” and the Chinese statement never mentioning Ukraine — in the context of Beijing’s step back from military and economic support of Moscow.

And I explain how China’s priority is not propping up Putin in eastern Europe, but maintaining its interests in Asia — including at the expense of a declining Russia.