Claims to Push China on Iran Sanctions, Oil Calls the Tune, GIT Prof
Says Chinese Army Wants a Nuclear Iran
January 27, updated -- During Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to
Washington last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked to
the press about China's compliance with US sanctions on Iran.
said that “there are some entities within China that we have
brought to the attention of the Chinese leadership that are still not
as, shall we say, as in compliance as we would like them to be.”
how hard is the
US actually pushing? On January 27 Inner City Press asked China
expert -- and resident -- Professor John W. Garver of the Sam Nunn
School of International Affairs of Georgia Institute of Technology
that while China has an economic interest for now
in being seen as respecting US unilateral sanctions, China's oil and
historical relations with Iran make compliance unlikely.
decided it will cooperate with the international community,” he
told Inner City Press, “but it won't give the US all that it
out that even under the Shah, China had close relations with Iran, to
“stop what was then called Soviet expansionism.” More recently,
he said, China has tried so far without success to link the US
cutting back support to Taiwan with it voluntarily complying with the
US unilateral sanctions on Iran.
asked Garver to compare China's approach to Iran to its evolving
Sudanese foreign policy. Garver called Iran much more important to
China, given its greater economic development.
perspective,” he said, “Iran is simply a far more important
country than Sudan, or Angola, with what the Chinese call
comprehensive national power.” He acknowledged that for now, Angola
is the number one supplier of oil to China.
Hillary Clinton & Hu, previously, US Iran sanctions not shown
China's relations with Iran with its support of Pakistan, neither of
which he predicted China will abandon. “It's not going to cut Iran
loose, because Iran is too important.” By standing with Iran during
its “hour of need,” he said, China “builds capital in Tehran as
a country that is willing to pursue an independent line... despite
relative silence compared to Russia in the UN Security Council on the
stand off in Cote d'Ivoire, Inner City Press asked Garver about
China's position on Angola ally Laurent Gbabgo. Garver said he had
not prepared for that question. The call was sponsored by Realite-EU,
with an announced focus on Iran.
there are “hard realists” in the Chinese military who favor Iran
getting nuclear weapons. He listed two reasons for this. First, if
oil producing Iran is able to “stand up” to the United States, it
makes it a multi-polar world.
the US is caught up in
fights with Iran, it is less able to be a player in the “Western
Pacific,” where China's most immediate interests lie.
that Hu and his successor have to take this hard realist view and the
military into account. Follow up is pending. Watch this site.
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Gabon Obame Seeks UN Support, Echoes of Cote d'Ivoire & UNDP
January 27 -- In Gabon opposition leader Andre Mba Obame
declared himself his country's real leader -- taking a page from
Alassane Ouattara in Cote d'Ivoire -- and sought both UN recognition
the latter, his
precedent may have been the UN mission in Guinea Bissau, where an
indicted drug kingpin enjoy UN protection for months a year ago.
Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the UN why it protected a drug
kingpin and was told, in essence, it was hard to get him to leave.
Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson's office what was
happening in Gabon, and some hours later received the following back
Spokesperson [at] un.org
Date: Wed, Jan 26, 2011
Re: Press questions: Gabon, withholding, 99% public financial
disclosure, Somalia, Cote d'Ivoire, CAR elections (5th time)
we have the following: Mr. Andre Mba Obame, Leader of the
“Union Nationale”, is in the UN compound, along with party
leaders. Obame handed a letter to the Resident Coordinator
requesting UN protection, stating that they fear for their lives if
they step outside of the UN office. The Resident Coordinator is
consulting with authorities on the ground and with UN Headquarters.
Ali Bongo has dissolved Obame's party and blocked his TV station.
Street calls for democracy: UN double standards not shown
difference in how this will play out, a cynic opined, is that Gabon
happens to be on the UN Security Council and could make its voice
heard. Watch this site.
and his band of 20 sought refuge in the UNDP building in
Libreville. In terms of UNDP's position on democracy, while
protesters in Yemen are now calling for Tunisia
style changes, Helen
Clark was just in Yemen for days, praising the government. Maybe the
Yemeni government used her and the UN?