China effectively rejected the Iranian regime’s invite to tour the regime’s nuclear facilities on Thursday, “potentially smoothing a source of friction ahead of President Hu Jintao’s state visit to the United States next week,” according to Reuters on Thursday.
Reuters said, Shi Yinhong, an international relations expert at Renmin University in Beijing, said China most likely took the decision to avoid causing any problems for Hu while he is in Washington. “This is most likely related to President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States, showing that China respects the United States’ position. They don’t want anything spoiling the atmosphere for the visit,” Shi said.
“China would also feel there is no point in them going if the EU and Russia also don’t.”
On January 4, the US declared that it will reject the regime’s offer and sees no reason for others to accept it either.