China Clamps Iran
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday September 8, 2010
I've Been Thinking:
On Tuesday China asked or, more correctly, pleaded with Iran to conform to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requests. China asked Iran to please cooperate.
If Iran were to cooperate, China reasons, the enormous tensions that emerge and grow day by day would be dramatically reduced.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry posted a very clear message to Iran on their Foreign Ministry website. They even went public in an interview by saying, "We hope that Iran and the Agency can fully cooperate and establish the trust of the international community in the peaceful nature of their nuclear plants."
China is the only country in the world that Iran actually trusts. The feeling is mutual. In Iran's eyes, China cannot be bought or corrupted by the United States. When China makes a request it will be considered very seriously by Iran - especially because China is Iran's biggest buyer. China is the largest consumer of oil in the world.
China wants Iran to back down. Will it happen? We’ll watch and see how Iran responds to China.