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China deals U.S. blow over Iraq

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posted on Aug, 28 2002 @ 03:33 PM
China deals U.S. blow over Iraq
August 27, 2002 Posted: 11:38 PM EDT (0338 GMT)

Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan (r) told visiting Iraqi counterpart Naji Sabri (l) on Tuesday that using force or threats of force could not solve the Iraqi problem



By Willy Wo-Lap Lam
CNN Senior China Analyst

(CNN) -- In a further blow to Washington's effort to get global support for a possible war on Iraq, Beijing has indicated it is against the use of force to resolve Baghdad's differences with the West.

Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan told visiting Iraqi counterpart Naji Sabri on Tuesday that using force or threats of force could not solve the Iraqi problem and "would only cause regional tension and instability."

The official China News Service on Wednesday quoted Tang as saying questions about Iraq should only be resolved within United Nations mechanisms, and "only political and diplomatic methods should be used."

Ô Saddam gathering support against U.S. Tang added Beijing was concerned about the suffering of the Iraqi people who had lived under conditions of Western embargoes for a long time.

However, Tang also asked Sabri to cooperate with UN-arranged inspections of weapons development programs in Iraq.

Diplomatic analysts in Beijing said having acquiesced in Washington's anti-terrorist campaign last year, the Chinese leadership was anxious to reassure the Muslim and Arab world of its friendship and support.

U.S. negotiations
At the same time, Beijing is playing the Arab or Iraq card in its negotiations with the U.S.

Given Beijing's good ties with the Arab world and its permanent membership in the UN Security Council, Washington requires Chinese cooperation in a possible war against Iraq.

The question of fighting terrorism, including Iraq, will figure prominently in the summit to take place between Presidents Jiang Zemin and George W. Bush in Texas in late October.

The diplomatic analysts said Jiang might be more accommodating on the Iraq front if Washington agreed to play ball on the Taiwan issue.

Earlier this week, the U.S. made a concession to China when it labeled the Uighur separatists in Xinjiang as a terrorist organization.

The Chinese are lobbying very hard for the U.S. to stop selling sophisticated weapons to Taiwan, whose leadership has been vocal in seeking quasi-statehood for the island.

posted on Aug, 28 2002 @ 05:15 PM
Anything that is detrimental to the west is productive to Chinese growing hegemony

posted on Aug, 28 2002 @ 05:23 PM
I got a funny feeling that China is going to oppose anything the U.S.wants to do.No matter what the issue is.

They are about the only country that can pose a threat to the U.S. I think China is going to cause some big problems down the road.

posted on Aug, 28 2002 @ 06:04 PM
i think hes right. persoanlly im kindof scared of the after effects of the Us bombing iraq...husseain IS a madman, and who knows how he'lll retaliate, if i was that chineese, i would be saying the same thing

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