March 3, 2010

THE PRC ACTUALLY IS WHAT IRAN ONLY MIGHT BECOME:

Can Obama's Iran-Sanctions Effort Be Saved? (Massimo Calabresi, 3/03/10, TIME)

China suspended military exchanges and security talks with the U.S. and summoned Ambassador Jon Huntsman for a dressing-down when the $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan was cleared by the White House in late January. After Obama met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Feb. 18, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called Huntsman in again and registered China's objections to what Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu called the "baneful impact" of the meeting.

Initially, the Administration played down China's response, but the result of the decisions on Taiwan and the Dalai Lama has been to arrest "any forward movement" on Iran-sanctions talks, says a senior White House official. U.S.-China discussions over the sanctions have entered a "more intense phase," the official says. Winning Chinese support for new sanctions against Iran had been tough even before the Administration offended Beijing's sensibilities. Beijing does not share Washington's assessment of the threat represented by Iran's nuclear activities, and persuading the Chinese government to change course while symbolically slapping down Chinese concerns on their own doorstep won't be easy.


It is China's nukes we ought to remove.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2010 2:27 PM
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