Why China Blocks Sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Burma – Thalif Deen

From Asian Tribune:

The People’s Republic of China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and one of the world’s prolific arms producers, continues to remain a major stumbling block to U.S. efforts to impose economic and military sanctions on three countries: , Burma () and .

“The reasons are obvious,” says a Southeast Asian diplomat who closely monitors the politics in the region. “Just as much as the United States and other Western powers protect their own political and military interests worldwide, so does China.”

With the threat of its veto power, China has expressed strong reservations over recent U.S. and Western attempts to either penalise or impose sanctions against Sudan, Burma and Iran for various political reasons. [Full Text]

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