Administration officials expect a prompt foreign policy payback from China for President Clinton's renewal of most-favored-nation (MFN) trade status for the Middle Kingdom. China has long opposed the idea of U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea for barring international inspection of its nuclear facilities. But now, after Clinton's U-turn on MFN, China isn't likely to block sanctions if the U.S. presses for them. "We've done everything we can to pave the way for at least an abstention" by China on a sanctions vote, a senior Administration official says.
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