PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy is heading to Beijing Wednesday with hopes of getting Chinese backing for further sanctions against Iran — but President Hu Jintao may have different ideas.
The leaders, whose countries hold two of the five permanent U.N. Security Council seats, are due to discuss Iran, among other issues, at the start of Sarkozy’s three-day state visit to China.
Three permanent council members — France, Britain and the U.S. — have been pressing for a fourth round of U.N. penalties on Iran for its refusal to halt a key part of its nuclear program that could be used to make weapons. Iran says it only wants the technology for producing nuclear power.
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