China’s Middle East journey via Jerusalem – M K Bhadrakumar
From Asia Times:
What is obvious, though, is that Olmert’s visit to Beijing holds deep implications for the security of the region. The Chinese leadership in discussions with Olmert has come down rather sharply on the Iranian stance in the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao openly rebuffed Tehran’s claim that the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran was a mere “piece of paper”. Wen said, “Resolution 1737 adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council members reflects the concerns of the international community about the Iranian nuclear issue.”
Olmert couldn’t hide how pleased he was to hear the Chinese position. [Full text]