Tuesday, July 6, 2010

China opposes unilateral sanction. Israel's lobbying role in approval of UN sanctions

Israel lobbied hard to get China on board for the UN sanctions

Israel Lobbied China to Support New UN Sanctions on Iran

Israel lobbied months for the vote, and reports this week indicate much of the Israeli focus was on China. China, followed by Russia, was the most reluctant of the council's five permanent members to support the new sanctions. Beijing's support was critical because the Security Council's permanent members hold veto power.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told VOA that swaying China was a very high priority.

"Since China has a very intense and ramified economic relationship with Iran, it was very important to have China on board not just for the credibility of the resolution but also for its implementation," said Palmor.

Iran is a major petroleum supplier to China, which depends heavily on oil imports to fuel its economic growth.
The UN sanctions were quite watered down in all reality. So the US went ahead and unilaterally imposed it's own sanctions. Which may possible hurt China?

China has criticized the United States for imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran, saying Washington should not act outside UN resolutions.

Last week, US President Barack Obama signed into law new unilateral sanctions against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran's access to imports of refined oil products.

Iran is a major supplier of crude to China -- the world's second-biggest consumer of oil after the United States -- providing over 10 percent of Chinese imports last year.

A bit more on China's disagreement-

China said Tuesday that the United States and other countries should not expand on the latest U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

China has said its support for sanctions should not block efforts to find a diplomatic solution, and has called for renewed attempts to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

China's bilateral trade with Iran reached at least $36.5 billion last year. Iran meets 11 percent of China's energy needs and Chinese companies have major investments in Iranian energy extraction projects and the construction of roads, bridges and power plants.

In agreeing to the UN sanctions after much pressure did China, inadvertantly, cut off it's nose to spite it's face ???

1 comment:

  1. 12% of China's total annual oil consumption comes from Iran, probably a bit more than that now. And China is Iran's largest trading partner realistically, more trade than the entire EU.

    Interesting development to say the least, to cut off that much trade . . . which leads me to believe that it is somewhat false and misleading.

    I wonder what the true, nitty-gritty definition of "sanction" is here . . . really though, a bunch of trade is already done through proxies between these two countries (mostly the United Arab Emirates). And there are many ways around these things.

    Just makes things a bit more difficult, that's all . . . as difficult as it is to, say, have the US arm countries like Pakistan, and Iraq back in the day, through proxy.

    So, not that difficult really.