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So far, the Israeli lobbying has yielded mixed results. China has helped pass four sets of economic sanctions against Iran, but has tried to dilute the language.

“We would like to see them taking more concrete steps because they have clout over Iran,” the diplomat said. “We explain that if the issue is not resolved, it might affect stability in the Middle East.”

Bodeen reported from Beijing. Alexa Olesen in Beijing also contributed to this report.