Fact or Faked? China Begins to Turn Against Iran and Issues Its Clearest Condemnation of Tehran To Date
Here is a development that should cause any student of Biblical eschatology to take note. It’s almost one of the things I would expect to hear during the fulfillment of the first portion of Daniel 11:44, which informs us that ”news from the east and the north shall trouble him“, with this obviously pertaining to alarming news from the east. Unfortunately, the reports that reach him would then be enough to evoke a very ominous and indignant response, for it is at that time that “he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” …
By Malcolm Moore, Henry Samuel and Damien McElroy – “After a visit to the Gulf in which he met the leaders of the states most threatened by Iran’s aggressive foreign policy, Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, issued Beijing’s clearest condemnation yet .
‘China adamantly opposes Iran developing and possessing nuclear weapons,’ he said.
China appears to have sent a message to Iran that it could not rely on Beijing’s unstinting support by reducing its imports of oil at a time when the US and Europe are promoting an embargo on the country.
The Washington Post reported that China trimmed its oil imports from Iran in January from a daily average of around 550,000 barrels to 285,000 barrels a day.
Chinese foreign policy experts said the statement demonstrated that Beijing would not allow its international position to end up beholden to Iran.
Mr Wen’s trip to three of the world’s biggest oil-and-gas producers was decribed by some commentators as an attempt to seek alternative energy sources, although he politely denied this was the case: ‘Some people said my visit was to secure oil, which is narrow-minded. I came here for friendship.’
‘Iran would not have wanted China to make this statement, but Iran must understand that if it comes down to a choice China will not alienate itself from the rest of the world for the sake of single country,’ said Yu Guoqing, a researcher on the Middle East at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
With a second front of pressure opening up on Iran over its support for the Syrian regime’s crackdown on nationwide protests, Tehran has moved closer to global pariah status.” Read more.
Things that make you go “Hmmm” …
China: a lifeline for Iran and its oil exports? – “There were few signs that US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had any success during his visit to Beijing this month to persuade China to help pressure Tehran over its nuclear program by buying less Iranian oil. ‘China’s regular demand for energy has nothing to do with the nuclear issue and it should not be affected,’ Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Jan. 11, after Mr. Geithner met with top Chinese leaders. China is Iran’s largest oil and gas client, and Beijing has consistently played down economic sanctions as an effective way to influence Tehran, or any other government… On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed a bill that would ban foreign financial institutions that deal with Iran’s Central Bank from operating in US financial markets. That would effectively make it impossible for refiners in China to pay Iran for the oil they buy.” Read more.
Obama’s Keystone Denial Prompts Canada to Look to China Sales - “President Barack Obama’s decision yesterday to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline may prompt Canada to turn to China for oil exports. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in a telephone call yesterday, told Obama ‘Canada will continue to work to diversify its energy exports,’ according to details provided by Harper’s office. Canadian Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said relying less on the U.S. would help strengthen the country’s ‘financial security.’ The ‘decision by the Obama administration underlines the importance of diversifying and expanding our markets, including the growing Asian market,’ Oliver told reporters in Ottawa.” Read more.