Iran’s Foreign M inister Manuchehr Mottaki told visiting Chinese Assistant Foreign Ministe Zhai Jun, the two nations should consider the possibility of creating an Asian Union that would serve as a counter weight to American and European power establishments. He also said his nation and China were seeking to expand their trade relations and he praised China for making aggressive moves in Africa to assume control over energy resources. Zhai responded that his country is pleased at “Iran’s growth of power in the region and the international aena.”
Zhai rejected claims from an AP sotry that his nation has passed on inteligence about Iran’s nuclear program to the Internatioanl Atomic Energy Agency. “China has not sent the agency any reports about Iran’s nuclear program.” He also invited President Ahmadinejad to the Olympic Games.
There is little doubt China is expanding its influence and contacts with Iran. The world may condenm the Iranian government but China intends to support a nation with extensive energy resources to help fuel its own expanding economy. This is merely another example of a failed American foreign policy whose attempt to isolate Iran only serves to allow China to become more intimately involved with that nation.