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China hopes for stability in Strait of Hormuz


19:47, December 29, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- China said here Thursday that it hopes stability can be maintained in the Strait of Hormuz.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press conference.

Iran's Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday that the country's naval forces can readily block the strategic Strait of Hormuz if needed, the local satellite Press TV reported.

On Saturday, the Iranian navy launched a 10-day exercise dubbed Velayat 90, which covers a length of 2,000 km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Iran's First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Tuesday that Iran will close the strait if its oil exports are sanctioned by the West.

The Pentagon on Wednesday warned Iran against any attempt to block the strait, one of the world's most critical oil routes.

Tensions between Iran and the West have intensified since October when the United States accused Iran of backing an assassination plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

Soon after, following an International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran's nuclear program, the United States, Britain and Canada announced new sanctions against Iran.


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McCarthy at 2011-12-30206.125.64.*
Informative article however, as I understand it China procures some 30% of it"s oil from Iran. If this is correct, is this not a national security issue for China? If it is a national security issue what steps will China take when the war begins? The United States is slowly but surely squeeezing China out of thier oil supplies first Libya now Iran. The question is when will China stop being bullied and intimidated by the United States and NATO?
Observer at 2011-12-30203.177.74.*
Poker is a game of playing the hand you got. Iran should not try to bluff against a hand of Aces. It only makes them look weaker.
Canada at 2011-12-2970.36.49.*
The rest of the world should put punishing sanctions on the U.S. until they stop acting like the world"s dictators, respect other countries sovereignty, use dialogue to resolve disputes.

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