Tuesday, May 02, 2006

 

What is China Doing?

What is China’s publicly stated foreign policy goals for North Korea, Sudan and Iran? What sort of environment does the current government in Beijing wish to see characterize the international system in the21st century. As the United States bears the brunt of most of the negative world opinion, I am constantly asking myself, what is China doing to improve the security situation in three of the world’s most complex developments. China seems to have more leverage than the US in all three of these countries. What steps is Beijing taking to resolve those situations?

Why is China against sanctions against an Iranian government that continually refuses to cooperate with the IAEA and the UN in accordance with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

How come China opposes sending a UN peacekeeping force to help end the genocide in Darfur? The UNSC could vote on the idea of sending some tangible support to the under-staffed, under supplied African Union force currently in Darfur, but China would veto it. Why?

If China really is against North Korea having nuclear weapons, why aren't they putting any pressure on Pyongyang to abandon their nuclear program? True China is not interested in triggering a flood of North Korean refugees into their country, but what is more dstabilizingng for North Korea as a country than its pursuit of nuclear weapons? Just think of the stabilizingng impact all the international relief, investment and good will that would come to a regime in Pynongyang that willingly abandoned its nuclear weapons prgram. What is keeping North Korea from being some sort of hybrid of its two exponentially more successufl neighbors South Korea and China?

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