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Originally posted by dragonlover at 2011-8-27 10:47
As a permament member of the security council ... China could have vetoed it. Why didn't they?
It's a political question really and although political science IS my education, it's a little too hard to explain the way I'd like to so, I'll try this way.
1/ Yes, China is a permanant member of the UNSC, which is one reason they went along with this. They have to fold on the small stuff to get the big stuff later.
2/ China couldn't be seen to publically condone Gaddafi's actions. Not even China would dare to do such things to it's own people any more.
3/ Public opinion; even China has to pay attention to what the world says, just as it pays attention, increasingly, to it's own netizens
4/ Simple, NATO is accused of being in it for the oil. Nope, it was a UN sanctioned operation. The US, and most other NATO countries aren't already talking about "helping" Libya get the oil industry back up and running, I notice China mentions it in several publications, so, now who want's the oil?
5/ Libya is strategic. It holds a pretty damned good geographical position which can, if China so wanted to, (after establishing a "presence" while "protecting" the "workers" who were "rebuilding") the oil facilities etc, attempt to choke the Gibralta straits, thereby denying it (the Meditterranean) to some of the more powerful navals fleets of NATO. It's also strategic because, from Libya, they can launch into Egypt and seize the Suez canal, disrupting commercial, and some naval through traffic to the Persian gulf. From Northern Libya, parts of the European coastlines, which have NATO naval bases can be struck by missiles like those aimed at Twan currerntly based in Fujian (yep, know about 'em).
6/ Strategic/Africa; China has extensive investments in Africa and Liabya could be key to resupllying those Chinese "workers" currently "working" there. Having Libya enables China to resupply via the Persian Gulf or via the straits of Gibraltar thereby deepening strategic scope of the ability of the PLAN-N and therefore, any deployable PLA forces to be sustained in any combat ops. these are hypothetical but, i nsome ways, completely plausible scenarios, should China be allowed to get a foothold there. i think China will, and that's why China didn't veto the UNSC, just said "oh no, we mustn't do that".
I'm sure I'll think of more later but this'll do for now..