Mens Moskva nekter å spille på lag med Vesten overfor Iran og Syria, er Kinas politikk mer sofistikert. Statsminister Wen Jiabao sa denne uken at Kina er mot at Iran får atomvåpen.

Kina er mot sanksjoner og vil ikke være med på boikott av iransk olje. Men politisk er Kina mot at Iran får atomvåpen, og sier det høyt.

Statsminister Wen Jiabao har vært på en seks dager lang rundreise i Midtøsten og sluttet kontrakter om oljeleveranser. Bla. skal det bygges et stort raffineri på østkysten av Saudi-Arabia, og Qatar og Royal Dutch Shell skal være med og bygge et raffineri i Kina.

Men uttalelsene om Iran fikk størst oppmerksomhet.

In Doha, Qatar’s capital, he said China “adamantly opposes Iran developing and possessing nuclear weapons.”

He also explicitly warned Iran not to close the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf bottleneck through which roughly a fifth of the crude oil traded worldwide passes, saying that such action would be regarded as aggression against most of the world’s nations. Iran had earlier threatened to shut down the strait should the United States strengthen sanctions against Tehran.

Michal Meidan, a China analyst at the Eurasia Group in London, said that the message from China was clear: “We do not support the Iranian nuclear program — but business is business.”

Western nations suspect that Iran is working toward building a nuclear weapon, while Iran insists its program is peaceful.

Ms. Meidan said the Taizhou refinery would help China establish itself as a long-term customer for Qatari oil. And the Red Sea refinery, as a job-creating venture for the Saudis, builds good will in that nation.

Russland forsvarer Iran og Syria, og det koster diplomatisk. Hva får Russland igjen?

“Iran is our neighbor,” Russia’s outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”

Kremlin Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev accused Israel of provoking the United States towards war against Iran, the Russian Interfax news agency reported Friday. “But at the same time, we believe that any country has the right to have what it needs to feel comfortable, including Iran,» he added.

China Leader Warns Iran Not to Make Nuclear Arms