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China Does Not Need to Sanction Iran to Please the U.S.

Xinhua reported that the purpose of U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner’s visit to China on January 10, 2012, was to convince China to reduce its oil imports from Iran. However, in the new military strategy announced last week, inhibiting China is one of the U.S. military’s strategic goals. Jin Chanrong, Associate Dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China, expressed that China does not need to cooperate with the U.S. in sanctioning Iran in order to please the U.S. After all, China is not a country that has to choose a side (between the U.S. and Iran).

Jin commented that such action is typical of U.S. behavior. The U.S. thinks it’s the “boss,” believing it can suppress and criticize China; while, at the same time, China should serve the U.S. The U.S. attitude is always self-centered; it never considers other’s interests. China does not need to pay too much attention to the U.S. When specific interests are involved, China much insist on what China has to insist on. If the U.S. punishes Chinese enterprises that conduct oil trades with Iran, China can carry out a counter-punishment against American enterprises.

Source: Xinhua, January, 11, 2012