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That they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts. Matthew 13:15b

China Russia Veto

Response to China Russia Veto

I have been drafting an essay on why I am opposed to the Embridge Gateway Pipeline project and a day away from publishing when this happened. It goes to prove that we just cannot trust China. They just don’t give a damn!

“China did not vote based on the existing realities but more a reflexive attitude against the West.”
“Russia objected that the draft resolution was a biased and improper attempt at regime change in Syria, Moscow’s sole major Middle East ally, an important buyer of Russian arms exports and host to a Russian naval base.”

(Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution Western and Arab states voiced outrage Sunday after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, and Washington vowed harsher sanctions against Damascus.

Chinese, Iranian press alone back UN Syria veto “support only in the official Syrian and Chinese media and pro-government newspapers in Syria’s ally, Iran.” “”The Russian and Chinese stance is clothed in shame and disgrace. Moscow and Beijing insist on dancing on corpses and disregarding the massacres by Assad’s regime. Vladimir Putin and his like will go to the rubbish heap of history haunted by the curses of angry Arabs… The Russian and Chinese people should speak out against the veto that gives a license to kill… ”

UN vetoes on Syria resolution ‘disgust’ U.S.
Russia, China accused of helping to shield ‘craven tyrant’

Russia, China veto UN resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown “Saturday’s veto was the second time Russia and China have blocked U.N. condemnation of Mr. al-Assad’s crackdown. Russia opposed Saturday’s resolution, concerned that it would open the way for military action against Syria ”

CNN

“Analysts say both China and Russia have their reasons to maintain good relations with Syria.

Russia is one of Syria’s biggest arms suppliers. And China ranked as Syria’s third-largest importer in 2010, according to data from the European Commission.

“Beijing’s renewed interest in Damascus—the traditional terminus node of the ancient Silk Road … indicates that China sees Syria as an important trading hub,” according to a 2010 report from The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based research and analysis institute.

Even as reports mounted that the Syrian government was killing protesters en masse, the Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement in August noting the “steady development” of friendly relations “over the past 50 years and more.”

“China and Syria gave each other understanding and support on issues concerning each other’s core and major interests,” the statement said. “China showed consistent understanding and firm support for Syria’s position on the Golan Heights while Syria remained committed to the one China position and rendered China staunch support on matters related to Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and human rights.”

Last week, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations said the killing of innocent civilians must stop, but also said he is against “pushing through” a regime change.”

An excellent essay on Iran China Relations:
Lubricated with Oil Iran China Relations in a Changing World “China and Iran are emerging powers with increasingly significant political and economic relations that have regional and global dimensions.”
“In addition to material incentives, both sides found each other to be useful potential allies in global affairs. As a member of the UN Security Council, China can provide Iran with a security blanket, especially now that Iran has come under great pressure from the United States and its allies for its uranium enrichment. Moreover, Iran’s emergence as a major player in the Middle East and the global oil market is helpful to China’s political and economic interests in the region. ”
“China’s share of the world’s population slipped to 21 percent, while its share of energy demand more than doubled to 11 percent. China’s consumption of oil surpassed its domestic production in 1993, and imports have grown rapidly in recent years. In 2003, China’s imports of crude oil increased by 31 percent over 2002, and demand for crude rose by 35 percent in 2004. The International Energy Agency estimates that by 2020 China’s share of primary energy demand will increase to 16 percent, while its share of population shrinks to 19 percent.”
“There is an emerging “axis of oil” constituting Russia (a major producer), China (a growing consumer) and the nationalist oil-producing states (most notably, Iran, a major producer). Their interests converge, and they are now challenging U.S. hegemony on a wide range of issues globally. The frustration of U.S. efforts to impede Iran’s drive for nuclear power is cited as an example of this new counter-hegemonic petroleum bloc. The creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Council, in which Russia and Iran are members, is partially designed to roll back growing U.S. influence in Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

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