By Finian Cunningham, Global Research
Why should China shoot itself in the foot to accommodate hostile American chauvinists?
Chinese leaders dealt a blow to US plans to strangulate Iranian oil exports just hours before Washington's Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner touched down in Beijing.
It could hardly be a more pointed snub to Washington's designs to press-gang a global lynch mob into laying into the Iranian economy.
Top of the agenda for Geithner's visit beginning Tuesday is to push China's leaders into cutting off crude oil imports from Iran - thus hoping to cripple the Iranian economy.
Already the US government seems to have succeeded in bouncing the European Union and other Asian importers of Iranian oil - Japan and South Korea - into following Washington's latest sanctions against Iran's Central Bank, thereby hitting the state-controlled oil industry.
For the record, the US orchestration of sanctions is based on the tiresome and spurious allegations that "Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon" - which in reality reads "Washington needs a pretext to mount regime change in Tehran to one that is subservient to its foreign policy and future energy requirements".
But the Chinese are having none of it. China's astute leaders know full well that the real US agenda has nothing to do with alleged nuclear weapons.
China's senior foreign diplomat Chen Xiaodong told China Daily: "We are against imposing any unilateral economic or oil sanctions on Iran" - precisely what Geithner is demanding his hosts in Beijing to do.