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China warns against Iran war

2012-04-06 13:10

Beijing - A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday an attack on Iran would invite devastating retaliation that would envelop the region and destabilise the global economic recovery, and added that the international community had to restrain itself from war.

Iran is locked in a dispute with the West over its nuclear programme, which Iran says is for peaceful purposes.

Israel and the US have threatened military action against Iran unless it abandons activities which the West suspects are intended to develop nuclear weapons.

China, which has close energy and trade ties with Iran, has urged a negotiated solution to the dispute and long opposed the use of force or unilateral sanctions on Iran.

The comments by Chen Xiaodong, head of the Foreign Ministry's West Asia and North African affairs division, was China's strongest warning yet not to use force to resolve the dispute.

Pre-emptive attack

"If force is used on Iran, it will certainly incur retaliation, cause an even greater military clash, worsen turmoil in the region, threaten the security of the Strait of Hormuz and other strategic passages, drive up global oil prices and strike a blow at the world economic recovery," he said.

"There may be 10 000 reasons to go to war but you cannot remedy the terrible consequences of plunging the people into misery and suffering and the collapse of society and the economy caused by the flames of war," Chen said on a web chat hosted by Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily.

Speculation is growing that Israel could launch some form of strike against Iranian nuclear installations, which Israel sees as a threat to its existence.

During a visit to Beijing in March, Israel's foreign minister hinted it could launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.

Chen said the pressing task was for all sides to restrain themselves and resume dialogue as soon as possible.

"The international community has a responsibility to restrain itself from war," he said.

More talks between Iran and world powers are expected to take place this month in an attempt to reach a compromise.

The most recent talks failed in January 2011 after Iran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment work, as demanded by the UN in several resolutions.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-04-06 13:21

    There's a bigger economic recovery in war for weapons manufacturers. Imagine the Nato countries weapons'industries working flat out building all sorts of weaponery and the employment this will generate. Offcourse the bankers printing the money make a lot as well by extending credit to the various governments. Everyone wins except the people who will pay with their blood and generations that will be saddled with debt. War is a racket!

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 15:21

      The world seems to be facing a battle between intelligent forward-thinking realists and fear-mongering racist war profiteers. The former are using words, the latter are using WMDs. Let's hope that ultimately the word is more powerful than the sword.

      Ditiro - 2012-04-06 19:20

      fidel specificaly, rockerfella, blackwater security, bilderberg,rothschild, bank of england are the biggest threat to the world right and be so for the last three centuries. old weapons needs to be disposed off for new budget to be approved and new weapons and technology needs to be tested too

      Larry - 2012-04-06 21:03

      You guys should get together and hold a conspiracy theory conference. DSTV can televise it on their comedy hour.

      Spyker - 2012-04-06 21:43

      @Fidel.., I have only two word for you: LABOUR CAMPS. The hypocrisy displayed by the little yellow critters - aka the Chinese is sickening beyond civilised articulation. Suddenly the Chinese are soooooo concerned about the suffering of people, yet they have a human-rights-abuse record that makes Apartheid look like a fancy-dress-party, not even to mention the word 'Tibet'. Anybody who (pretends to) oppose(s) Apartheid and supports and/or trades/deals with China, displays a level of psychotic hypocrisy that is the mark of an evil, exceeding any of the desperate red herrings you have presented. Look at the log in your own eye before you remark on the splinter in the eye of others.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 22:31

      @Spyker As Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Times are changing, get used to it, stop being such cry babies, grow and turn this into an opportunity! Well done China! Long may you grow and prosper! @Larry Yes, it is quite amusing that you haven't been able to provide any coherent argument and so you're forced to rely on attempts at ridicule and insults to try to cover that up.

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-06 14:03

    Iran is locked in a dispute with the West over its nuclear programme, which Iran says is for "peaceful purposes". Peace and nuclear weapons in the same sentence is the same as uttering government and incorruptible in the same same breath.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 15:19

      Ever heard of the nuclear deterrence term called "MAD" (Mutually Assured Destruction). What do you think preserved peace between the East and the West after WW11? How about nuclear medicine, or power? Do you have any proof that Iran is building a nuclear weapon? Do you know the difference between nuclear weapons and nuclear capability? Do you think that the US and her lackeys have the moral right to lecture other countries on nuclear technology? I have to go now and spend my time on something more likely to bear fruit; teach my dog to bake a cake.

      Nicardo - 2012-04-06 16:23

      America & Israel utter the same - Peace and Nuclear - in the same word, not even a sentence...

      arne.verhoef - 2012-04-06 20:07

      I like you Piri, sometimes you make a lot of sense

      Spyker - 2012-04-06 21:52

      @Fidel.., Your 'argument' sounds almost verbatim like the reasoning presented by the Apartheid-government, regarding their nuclear program - can I therefore assume that based on your logic, you support the National Party..?

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 22:52

      Deductive reasoning is stupid!

  • hussain.adam - 2012-04-06 14:43

    A step towards a unified call from the east, 1st Pakistan now China voicing their retaliation in an Apartheid Israel strike on Iran.

      Malcolm - 2012-04-06 16:10

      Why do you hate Israel so much; what have they done to deserve your label of "apartheid"? Have you been there to witness apartheid? I have, and there is none whatsoever.

      Jaba - 2012-04-06 16:50

      Malcolm look at his name - he has been brainwashed to hate Israel. its not his fault - it his religions' fault. these fanatics (his friends in Iran) now want a bomb to mix with their blind hate. fanatical Islam will bring earth to its knees, and unfortunately it will take with it mostly peaceful progressive Muslims. 90% of world terror is in actual fact Muslim on Muslim violence. Iran wants to control the Muslim world! The Fanatical Mullahs of Iran are the reason our patrol price is sky rocketing.

      hussain.adam - 2012-04-07 14:17

      Actually, i was denied a Visa because of my name, Never Again shall there be Apartheid, South Africa or Palestine... Trust me i know apartheid... We are exiles back in South Africa...

  • Marcus - 2012-04-06 15:13

    The world should stop buying goods from China for a week to see how quickly they turn their backs on Iran. Both the Chinese and Russian Governments are scum.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 15:44

      The Global South disagrees with you. We know who the real scum have been. I sometimes wonder whether people like you are really this oblivious, or if you just have some sort of disorder that causes your memory to reset every night. There is no Iranian nuclear crisis; there is a US aggressive imperialism crisis. Inventing and repeating words and framing does not mean they reflect the reality. If the US was not involved in adventurism and trying to take over the world then Iran developing nuclwear power would not be an issue at all. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

      IAnon - 2012-04-06 16:06

      @Fidel - "or if you just have some sort of disorder that causes your memory to reset every night" - that was funny. Unfortunately there are people who cant see further than their noses.

      Nicardo - 2012-04-06 16:25

      So is America and Israel.....

      Larry - 2012-04-06 21:26

      And what makes Fidel think he is right? Perhaps its the devil. The despotic Islamic nutjob countries think America and Israel are the devil, while progressive and democratic free world wants peace and order. I trust the US of A and the rest of the First World who have developed this world to a wonderful existence, rather than any of the Third world crackpot wannabe actors. Iran will be broken and China will watch quietly.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 22:43

      Do you actually believe the rubbish you are spewing. America, freedom, peace and order cannot go into one sentence. You sir are befallen with american exceptionalism. Principally, one must come to the realisation that the United States strives to dominate the world. Once one understands that, much of the apparent confusion, contradiction, and ambiguity surrounding Washington's policies fades away.

  • Shehab - 2012-04-06 15:48

    Every nation has the right to increase his nuclear facilities.why not Iran North korea .Every American leader is same as we seen Jhon F Kenedi ,jeorge bush,bil clinton, jeorge w bush, barak obama(the cheat and illusionist).So Iran has the same right to uplift there nuclear facilities.

      Jaba - 2012-04-06 16:56

      yes all have the right. However they are threatening a member state of the United Nation with annihilation - so Iran has lost that right.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 17:08

      So israhell is a member state of the UN when it suits it but they have disregarded over 200 UN resolutions over the years and have recently said that they won't recognise the UNHRC or such bodies. Wiping a country off the map is a political statement. Destruction of a government, not necessarily the genocide of the people of that country. The US did a pretty good job of wiping the Soviet Union off the map. The Democratic Republic of Germany, Yugoslavia, the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Hawaii, the Republic of Texas. This is a straw man issue created by zionists and lit on fire by the media (the NY Times to be specific).

      Johan - 2012-04-06 17:31

      Fidel....I believe that if we can get you to the Karoo and have you continue talking we can have that place green with just a little bit of water added in under 6 months

      Dawood - 2012-04-06 17:48

      Johan BOERTJIE, AGTERTREKKER...jy prat twak

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 18:03

      @Johan How edifying to get yet another ad hominem post with nothing about the issues involved or the points I raised. Now that I have taped up my ribs from your intricately worded insult, let me congratulate you on what surely will be a successful stand-up career. Feel free to try out more LOLZ while we are here. Its always good to argue from a position of misguided knobheadedness.

      Johan - 2012-04-06 18:56

      Fidel...There is no need for me to argue the points that you raised. What I have read here of the stuff that you posted is the same as the points that any murderous misguided anti-Jewish anti-American and anti-Western crap post on the internet. I do not wish to change your mind or convince you of any wrongs or rights. I only wish to show you by my post that not only me but a lot of "misguided knob heads" find you’re ranting’s extremely funny. Everything that went wrong in your live is either the fault of the Jews or the Americans but maybe, just maybe go and look at the lives of the people that you want to put forward as an alternative. And Dawood…yes I am a boertjie. But you my man is still what you have been before 94

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 19:21

      You'll keep exposing yourself if you keep trying to discredit me because I am a very real person who is not posting my emotions, passions or hopes. I am posting what I can verify to be factual and logical so you'll end up exposing yourself as the emotional posting person you are when you try to discredit me. Anyway, forget what I claim to know, just concentrate on what I show you I know and refute that if you can. P.S. You have no idea of my resolve or commitment otherwise you'll not post such things hoping to rile me.

      Larry - 2012-04-06 21:31

      Despotic crackpot Islamic countries like Iran will be denied the right to have nuclear waepons.

      Jaba - 2012-04-07 00:41

      LOL trying to discredit fidel?? you do a great job of that yourself fidel - do you actually believe the rubbish you are spewing?

      Fidel - 2012-04-07 07:31

      As I said above, forget what I claim to know, just concentrate on what I show you I know and refute that if you can. Repudiate it if you can with your own facts and\or logic, that is the essence of intelligent debate. This you have been unable to do........and I'm not trying to convert you either, so I don't care.

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