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Geithner in Beijing, seeks help over Iran

By Yang Jingjie (Global Times)

08:45, January 11, 2012

Sanctions against Iran, China's yuan policy and Sino-US trade ties will be major topics of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's two-day visit to Beijing, analysts said Tuesday.

Geithner held talks with Vice Premier Wang Qishan last night, and is expected to meet Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang later today before leaving for Tokyo.

The visit, which came a day after Tehran confirmed its uranium enrichment activity at an underground facility, is the latest step by the US in its accelerating efforts to reduce Iran's oil revenues and force Tehran to abandon its nuclear program, Reuters commented.

On New Year's Eve, US President Barack Obama signed into law new sanctions against financial institutions that deal with Iran's central bank, its main clearinghouse for oil exports.

"The law really puts the US and China on a collision course," Patrick Chovanec, an associate professor at Tsinghua University, told the AFP, adding that Geithner would use the visit to try to iron out differences with Beijing.

"From a broader strategic perspective, China is very unlikely to accept the US dictating who they can buy oil from and under what conditions," he said.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said Monday that regular economic and trade relations and energy cooperation between China and Iran have nothing to do with the nuclear issue.

"We should not mix issues of a different nature, and China's legitimate concerns and demands should be respected," Cui said.

Sun Zhe, director of the Tsinghua Center for US-China relations, told the Global Times that Beijing has actually been acting in conjunction with Washington by reducing oil imports from Iran, but is not willing to fully support the US idea of an embargo.

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