China Blocks State Department Visit

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
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From the Washington Time’s column Inside the Ring.

Why would China block the Beijing visit of Robert Einhorn, State Department adviser on nonproliferation and arms control?

Take the Foreign Service Officer’s test.  Could it be because of:

a)      U.S. arms sales to Taiwan?

b)      A strengthening U.S. relationship with Vietnam?

c)       A strengthening U.S. relationship with India?

d)      Recurring problems with China’s approach to North Korea and Iran?

e)      Chinese retribution for ignoring their bogus regional claims               of sovereignty?

f)      All the above (and more)?

From the Times:

China has opposed sanctions in principle, favoring instead what Beijing calls “negotiations and diplomacy.”

Many would view negotiations as something the UN has already done and have yielded multiple rounds of sanctions regarding Iran and North Korea.  Similarly, North Korea has been involved in six-party negotiations only to walk away in a nation-state version of a tantrum.

More from the Times:

U.S. officials said China has failed to enforce sanctions fully on either country, although some steps were taken.

China is North Korea’s main trading partner in fuel oil, and both countries’ Communist parties and militaries maintain close relations.

China’s opposition to Iran sanctions is based on extensive Chinese trade and economic dealings with Iran, specifically purchases of Iranian oil.

Chinese President Hu Jintao told President Obama in April that China would support sanctions on Iran.

Of course the lesson is to watch what China does, not what they say.

While China isn’t serious about global security, they are regarding perceived Chinese security.

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