Hillary Clinton courts China’s support for sanctions against Iran
Date Published: 01/29/2010
Catherine Philp, The Times, January 29, 2010
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aims to garner support from China in new plans for tougher sanctions against Iran. Further pressure on Iran was necessary, according to Clinton’s statement, because the negotiations with the Iranian diplomats have been fruitless in the past year. China and Russia are strongly opposed to further sanctions but recent developments indicate the support for Tehran is fading. The other Security Council members hope that China will abstain from a vote on the sanctions rather than using a veto in favor of Iran. China currently remains Iran’s most important trading partner and relies heavily on its vast oil imports. ---posted by Ying Jia Huang
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