“Western blame for deadlock on sanctions shifting from Russia to China”

“Western blame for deadlock on sanctions shifting from Russia to China”
January 18 & 19, 2010
     As China faces sharp criticism for opposing additional sanctions on Iran, Frank O’Donnell argues that US flexibility on space arms control could convince China to support tougher measures against Iran. O’Donnell believes China may prioritize the establishment of regulations on the military uses of outer space over its current strategic and economic interests related to Iran (ISN Security Watch). Other diplomats suggest Beijing’s position may reflect anger over US arms sales to Taiwan. China also has strong economic ties with Iran, especially in the energy and arms sectors.
     Since last weekend’s P5+1 meeting on Iran, Western criticism has focused almost entirely on China and less on Russia, another member of the group often accused of undermining efforts against Iran. China sent a “mid-ranking” diplomat to the meeting and stressed the need for “dialogue and consultations,” and Western diplomats said the P5+1 had a share commitment to a “dual track” approach of dialogue and sanctions (Reuters). British Foreign Secretary David Milliband hinted at possible financial sanctions and denied any rift between China and the other members (Reuters (2)).
ISN Security Watch | Reuters | Reuters (2)

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