UN Resolution Passes Unanimously

UN RESOLUTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY….The Security Council has voted 15-0 to support the U.S. resolution on Iraq. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to make too much difference on the ground ? at least, not immediately ? but I thought this part was interesting:

On Tuesday evening as many as five countries had indicated they were likely to abstain….The dynamic shifted overnight, diplomats said on Wednesday, when China agreed to support the measure, and its diplomats began calling their counterparts on the Security Council seeking to bridge the final impasse, which left the United States, Britain and Spain refusing to include in the resolution any timetable for a transfer of power to the Iraqis, while Russia, France and Germany were insisting on just such a timetable.

China? They don’t usually get involved in stuff like this. I wonder what the backstory to this is?

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