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US and China Go Bump in the Middle East

Khody Akhavi reports in the Asia Times, from Washington: For China these days it seems that nothing – not rising energy prices; not sanctions aimed at its more unsavory business partners, Myanmar and Sudan; not even the...

President Hu meets with Mideast officials – AP

From AP, via the International Herald Tribune: President Hu Jintao of oil-hungry China met the Palestinian Hamas foreign minister and officials of other Arab governments Wednesday at a conference on strengthening Sino-Arab ties. China wants to “further develop cooperation in all areas and earnestly promote the rapid development of our continuing friendly ties,” Hu told […]

Per Ahlmark: Guns and poses

From the Jerusalem Post: When European unification was launched, it was thought that “ever closer union” would establish a community that would protect Europeans from political blackmail. Now we see – though the lifting of the European Union’s arms embargo may now be delayed thanks to US pressure and Chinese aggressiveness – that the union […]

Vivienne Walt: Iran Looks to China: Does That Spell Trouble for the U.S.?

From The Fortune Magazine: It was 1978, and thousands of students were rampaging through the streets of Tehran, burning barricades and chanting their vision of a radical Islamic republic that would transform Iran forever. Halfway across the world, a young Iranian student was sitting in an economics class at the University of California at Berkeley, […]

China Produces Missiles for Iran

From MENL: China has launched marketing of missiles designed for Iran. China’s Hongdu Aviation Industry Group has exhibited three variants of two new guided missiles that were designed and developed for Iran. The anti-ship missiles, displayed at the China Air Show 2004 in November 2004, were identified as the JJ/TL-6B, JJ/TL-10A and KJ/TL-10B.

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