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China Embraces Rogue States While Condemning Terror

Sunday, 26 May 2002 12:00 AM

The new Chinese base is part of what the

According to the Economist, these new and building relationships represent a "flaw" that could undermine the alliance against international terrorism.

Backing up the volatile actions with matching rhetoric, Chinese President Jiang Zemin recently criticized the current Middle East crisis as just so much "Israeli killings." And last month Chinese vice-president and heir-apparent Hu Jintao remarked that in Asia, China would oppose the "bullying superpower," referring, of course, to the U.S.

The American Foreign Policy Council has warned that Zemin’s recent visits to Libya and Iran, classic foes of the U.S., indicated that it is joining forces with the "'axis of evil' to counter U.S. dominance in global affairs through global anti-terrorism."

In a recent editorial, the Iran Daily concluded that Zemin’s visit to Iran symbolized the stand of "Beijing opposing the new world order recently advocated by the United States."

Last month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Kong Quan rejected Bush's label of "axis of evil" against Iran, adding that China believes that no country has the right to exercise bullying tactics against other states in the world.

But there is more than ideology involved. Iran is China’s prime petroleum supplier, and trade volume between the two countries has doubled in the last three years, reaching $350 million annually.

And they are rooting for the Gipper on the sidelines, the Tehran Times encouraging China "to expeditiously take measures to prevent the United States from acquiring a foothold in the Middle East.”

In the meantime as China embraces rogue nations with bad reps for supporting terrorists, it joined May 23, four other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, rounding condemning all forms of terrorism, separatism and extremism and agreeing to take joint measures to quell such activities.

At a regular meeting of the organization in the Kazakh capital of Astana, officials from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discussed strengthening cooperation in fighting terrorism, as well as weapons and drugs smuggling.

The officials reaffirmed that their countries will not allow their territories to be used for activities that would endanger the security of other countries, agreeing on a draft plan for the establishment of a regional anti-terrorism mechanism.

The draft will be submitted to leaders of the organization’s member states for final approval at a summit scheduled for June in St Petersburg, Russia.

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