China says pushing for diplomatic solution on Iran
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In the international community's efforts to apply meaningful sanctions against Iran, there seems to be a recurring theme where roadblocks are being thrown up by Russia and China on a continuous basis. The Iran Focus news website is reporting that the Chinese are currently rebuffing Western attempts to place more sanctions on Iran, instead they opting for more "diplomatic" measures in order to solve the Iranian nuclear issue. The Iran Focus report:
China said Thursday it will continue to push for a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff, rebuffing efforts by Western powers to introduce a new set of sanctions against Iran. "We've been making diplomatic efforts and we believe they have not been exhausted, and we will continue to work with other parties to push for a settlement to this issue," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.
To me, these excuses by the Chinese are bogus and dangerous. Here's why. Over the past five to six years the international community has engaged in "diplomatic" exchanges in order to reach a solution to the illegal Iranian nuclear program. But for five to six years the Iranians have found one excuse after another not to comply with the will of the international community who demands assurances, guarantees, and monitoring of Iran's nuclear program so as to prevent the development and proliferation of a nuclear weapon. The Iranians have played a "cat and mouse" game with the international community while pressing full-steam ahead with their development of nuclear reactors and enrichment of uranium which is needed for a nuclear weapon. The Iranians are said to be the ones who developed the game of chess, and quite frankly that makes sense as they playing an excellent game of political chess by using their allies, Russia and China, to drive a wedge into a diplomatically united international community that seeks to apply sanctions on Iran for failing to live up to their international obligations.
The new sanctions that the West wants to place on Iran will target the energy sectors of Iran where they get most of their money to fund their nuclear program. If Iran is not allowed to sell oil, then the money needed to finance a nuclear program and the purchasing of advanced arms from allies like Russia, will inevitably come to an end. The Iran Focus article went on to describe the sanctions and the reason why China is strongly opposed to them:
The proposed sanctions would target Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard and toughen existing measures against its shipping, banking and insurance sectors, well-informed U.N. diplomats said Wednesday. The U.S., Britain and France support such new sanctions, and Russia — which is normally opposed — appears to be moving closer to that view. That leaves only permanent Security Council member China — which depends on Iran for much of its energy needs — opposed to new sanctions. The Security Council's five permanent members have veto power, so China could block council sanctions, although it is more likely to abstain if the other four are in support.
As I have mentioned in previous articles the Chinese and Russians stand to lose the most in any "crippling" sanctions that are applied to Iran as both countries rely on Iran for economic and military sales so as to help keep their economies afloat. Russia sells an awful lot of advanced military weapons to Iran as well as imports oil from Iran. The Chinese on the other hand import oil and have extensive economic interests tied to the consumer market in Iran. As the article above indicated, it is hopeful that when a vote comes on sanctions that China will end up abstaining. If not, this is likely not to go over well with the Israelis as they are presently going along with the international community on the sanctions track. I would imagine that if meaningful sanctions are not applied to Iran because of a Chinese veto, that Israel would then feel compelled to take matters into their own hands with a military strike. It is noteworthy that the Israelis have in the recent days sent a delegation to China to talk to them and persuade them to support further sanctions. It appears the moment of truth is getting close on Iran. Will we see "crippling sanctions" be applied or will Iran escape to run off and continue with their nuclear program? Only time will tell.