Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

China vs. USA: Iran Case-II/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XX

As President Obama’s special envoy, Timothy Geithner, visited Beijing to convince the Chinese to reduce the crude oil imports from Tehran, the Chinese rejected American request. Thereafter, Treasury Secretary Geithner came to Tokyo to meet his counterpart Finance Minister Azumi Jun on 12 January 2012. According to the news from CNN and the Japanese media Azumi agreed to reduce the imports of Iran oil which accounts about 10 percent of Japan’s crude oil imports “as soon as possible and in a planned manner.” However, on 14 January 2012, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko told a news conference that the Japanese government has not decided yet whether to reduce its crude oil from Iran, and Azumi’s view should be considered “personal” and only “a forecast” opinion. Nothing is surprising about these differences between the Prime Minister and his minister. In the past, there are many similar cases in Japanese politics because they are third class rate politicians anyway. By 20 January 2012, the Japanese government officially asked the US to waive the punishment if the Japanese companies had oil business with Tehran (Japan Times, 21 January 2012).

Source: Bloomberg New,  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-12/japan-considering-gradual-cut-in-iran-oil-imports-as-sanctions-calls-rise.html (access date: 26 February 2012).
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