“When China suddenly began cutting back its purchases of oil from Iran in the last month, officials in the Obama administration were guardedly optimistic, seeing the move as the latest in a string of encouraging signs from Beijing on sensitive security issues like Syria and North Korea, as well as on politically fraught economic issues like China’s exchange rate.
As with so many signals from Beijing, though, its underlying motives for reducing its imports of Iranian oil remain a mystery: Are the Chinese embracing Western sanctions? Or, as some experts suspect, are they trying to extract a better price from one of their main suppliers of crude?” New York Times, U.S. Sees Positive Signs From China on Security Issues, By MARK LANDLER and STEVEN LEE MYERS, April 26, 2012
Update: April 29, 2012. China agrees to lend South Sudan $8-billion to build infrastructure.
May 05, 2012 China allows blind dissident to apply for an education visa to the U.S..