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China's dilemma over Iran goes deeper

(Global Times)

09:19, November 10, 2011

Iran's picture is becoming clearer. IAEA criticized it in its latest report, saying Iran's nuclear technology is on track to develop nuclear weapons. The cries from the West to punish Iran grow louder. More strict sanctions seem inevitable. We cannot rule out the possibility that the West might resort to force. Again, China is trapped in a dilemma.

Chinese diplomats are forced to weigh their every word again. The dilemma, which sees China finding it hard to follow or oppose the international community has become common since the Cold War. Can China leave this uncomfortable position? Can it act like many other countries, taking a distinctive stance every time and defending its decision?

It is probably difficult, because the embarrassment is caused by two main facts. As long as these do not evolve, China's diplomatic embarrassment will linger.

First, China is both a developing country, with heavy economic and social tasks ahead, and a major power, expected to shoulder more international duties.

Second, China differs from the West politically and ideologically but upholds a market economy and cooperates with the West closely. It often has different views from Western countries but their domination makes it tough to assert these every time.

China's embarrassment is real. Take Iran. On the one hand, China is absolute in opposing the spread of nuclear weapons; on the other, its dependence on Iranian oil is bigger than that of the West. Besides, both China and Iran are developing countries, so it is impossible for China to be as strict as the West toward Iran.

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DrObserver at 2011-11-11111.240.61.*
PD User is correct: The US/West has always sought to secure hegemony through control of resources, and uses "friendly" governments to do it, along with SOFA agreements for US military so that the "friendly" governments stay that way [a little like having a guard dog keep an eye on things].China could do the same, and reduce the likelihood of American invasion against a country already backed by China, but we shall see. If Iran is taken over by the West then China will be squeezed all the more.
Ron at 2011-11-1150.102.207.*
CHINA vastly Under-estimates China"s Power and China"s value to mankind as a whole. If China does not make a stand to stop The Western Powers ~ in Iran, in Pakistan, in Iraq, in Libya ~ then China will become The Slave of The Western Powers AND those countries listed above will become Owned and Used by The Western Powers.
Francisco J Lee at 2011-11-1165.208.187.*
The road ahead is a piece of cake. The real, hard, impossible problem to solve, except by God, The Almighty Himself, existed in 1979 ... a country of more than one billion people ... the immense mayority of them peasants, practically still living in ancient times. The technologies of those days were not sufficient to provide for them the quality of life of other countries, that, very understandibly, look at them like the dirt they were living on. China has never had an easier time at handling the rest of the world!!!!. PIECE OF CAKE.The Almighty
PD User at 2011-11-1165.208.187.*
The road ahead is a piece of cake. The real, hard, impossible problem to solve, except by God, The Almighty Himself, existed in 1979 ... a country of more than one billion people ... the immense mayority of them peasants, practically still living in ancient times. The technologies of those days were not sufficient to provide for them the quality of life of other countries, that, very understandibly, look at them like the dirt they were living on. China has never had an easier time at handling the rest of the world!!!!. PIECE OF CAKE.The Almighty
PD User at 2011-11-1176.199.14.*
This article is very shallow from both a practical and legal or moral point of view. Is China going to sit back and watch the U.S gain control of all of the Middle East and North Africa oil?Many of Iran’s neighbors (Pakistan, India, Russian, China and Israel) have nuclear weapons. Additionally, the U.S. 5th Fleet with nuclear weapons is station just across the Gulf from Iran in Bahrain. Why Iran does not have the same right as these countries to possess nuclear weapons?
  

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