China is seen as a cautious, rather judicious Council member that supports most diplomatic resolutions to military conflicts.
These provided Henry with enough justification to attempt a diplomatic resolution.
Baghdad and Washington, which only days ago seemed headed for a military confrontation over weapons inspections, now seem close to a diplomatic resolution.
On 25 February the agreement was signed ceding the land subject to any diplomatic resolution.
A diplomatic resolution of the dispute is still possible, but time is running short.
But, in reality, a senior Clinton Administration official said, movement toward finding a diplomatic resolution was minimal.
"You could always consider a diplomatic resolution," Merlin pointed out.
A diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem is still within reach.
If China joined these actions as well, the chances of achieving a successful diplomatic resolution would be still greater.
A friend said the secretary felt that his pursuit of a diplomatic resolution was constantly undercut by hawks in the administration.