The level of contacts of Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri was rather traditional. The Iraqi guest was received by Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, the chief of the international department of the Communist Party of China Dai Bingguo, the chairman of the committee for international affairs of the Chinese Assembly of people’s representatives, Zeng Jianhui.
It goes without saying that Chinese officials set out their sympathy to the Iraqi guest. Yet, the sympathy was measured out. According to the reports of the Chinese media, the officials expressed their concern about the situation with Iraq. They were standing for the political settlement of the issue, recommending Iraq to execute all resolutions of the UN Security Council. This can be perceived as an indirect reproach to the potential victim of the international robbery.
Before the visit of the Iraqi official, one of Beijing’s newspaper published an articled titled “ “Why 'Axis of Evil' Has Become Sweet Cakes for Russia?” The article told the story of the allegedly prepared projection of the long-term economic cooperation between Russia and Iraq. «If Russia really decides to sign this agreement with Baghdad in early September, then, this will mean that Russia's opposition to US "down with Saddam" by military force will not be confined to words, but rather will be elevated into action».
China is against any aggression too. Yet, it prefers to be cautious.