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U.S. Fails to Persuade China to Pressure Iran Over Houthi Red Sea Attacks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan ended two days of talks in Bangkok on Saturday. Image via The White House.

U.S. officials are expressing disappointment that China appears to be rebuffing Washington’s request for Beijing to put additional pressure on the Iranian government to rein in Tehran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen that are attacking Western cargo ships in the Red Sea.

The issue came up during two days of wide-ranging talks in Bangkok that wrapped up on Saturday between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

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