China does not intend to support radical sanctions against Iran that could stop its nuclear program, says the statement made on April 20th by Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu. She stated that Beijing insisted on a diplomatic solution of Iran's nuclear issue, explaining that "dialogue and negotiations" are the most efficient methods.
"We have stated many times that the six countries launching the talks in New York does not mean that the door is shut to dialogue and negotiations," she said, referring to the six permanent Security Council members (Russia, USA, China, France, Great Britain and Germany) that discussed additional sanctions against Iran in New York on April 15.
The statement came as a shock to those who counted on serious changes in China's position regarding the Iran issue. In the beginning of 2010 Beijing seemed to be prepared to soften its position of unwillingness to discuss a new package of anti-Iran sanctions.
In early April China agreed to make it the topic of negotiation of the six countries. Same happened to Russia whose position went through similar evolution. Dmitry Medvedev said in his address in Brooking Institute in Washington on April 14 that he could admit that the sanctions were inevitable.
It seemed that the sanctions were about to be introduced. Now it is clear that Beijing intends first and foremost to insist on diplomatic negotiations. Since it is a permanent member of the Security Council, introduction of sanctions is impossible without China's approval.
So, the People's Republic of China is going to shut down this sanction thing against Iran for Iranian development of nuclear weapons.
Well, it's true that diplomatic dialogue is a preferred method of dealing with issues such as this.
And, I'm sure China has no other agenda beyond what is in the interests of world peace.
Elsewhere, China's Xinhuanet has a short story about an Iranian missile test.
You know, China is big into stealing secrets - military, nuclear, technological - from the US.
In fact, a blogger tied Condoleezza Rice in to China's espionage via the Stanford Khan Network.
That same network left us with many questions about China's connections to Iran. From The Khan Network by David E. Sanger, White House correspondent for the New York Times, presented at the Conference on South Asia and the Nuclear Future held at Stanford University June 4-5, 2004 (pg 10):
Iran, North Korea and the Challenge Ahead
Less is known about Iran and North Korea, because unlike Libya they have not agreed to let inspectors pick through their program in great detail. Iran, which initially denied relying on foreign sources, now appears to have received Pakistan's older models and was forced to slog ahead slowly for two decades, foraging around the world for parts, building experimental facilities involving a few hundred centrifuges, but apparently failing to produce enough fissile material for a bomb. That program has now accelerated considerably, largely with help from the Khan network. I.A.E.A. inspectors have discovered previously undeclared centrifuges, programs that would seem to suggest an interest in weapons triggers, and uranium hexaflouride of uncertain origin.10 A recent I.A.E.A. report listed a number of outstanding questions that Iranian officials have been reluctant to address, including questions about Iran's suppliers. Iran has denied that it is seeking to build a weapon, and the I.A.E.A. has not yet publicly charged that what it has discovered is weapons-related. But there seem to be few other plausible explanations. Investigations into links between North Korea and Iran, among other nations, are continuing.
Are you following all this?
China, in part with the help of an intelligence network which one blogger pointed out included a former Secretary of State when she was working at Stanford University, has stolen US nuclear and other technology, and passed it to Pakistan. Pakistan, in turn, has passed some on to Iran.
Now, China doesn't want to play hardball with Iran about Iran's nuclear program.
I wonder how much technology Iran has gotten from
I think I need to start another multipart series on this. (I know - I already have a few going.) I am also starting some new labels, Iran, China, and Espionage among them.
Meanwhile, please read Information Dominance, Part 13: The Warrior Princess and related information. And, please stick around for Part 2.
"I'll be back!"