US fails to Hinder China-Iran Trade and Military Partnership
The partnership would create new and potentially dangerous flashpoints in the worsening relations between China and the United States.
Iran and China have drafted comprehensive security and economic partnership of billions of dollars, undercutting the United States’ efforts to isolate Iran because of its nuclear and military ambitions.
Iran, China Partnership
The partnership would vastly expand Chinese presence in Iranian banking, telecommunications, ports, railways, and dozens of other projects. In exchange, China would receive a regular and heavily discounted supply of Iranian oil over the next 25 years.
According to the agreement, both countries would also deepen their military cooperation. It will potentially give China a foothold in a region that has been a strategic preoccupation of the U.S. for decades.
Last week, the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said, “The partnership was first suggested by China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during a visit to Iran in 2016. However, it was approved by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet in June this year.
Both Iran and China have not disclosed the terms of the agreement.
Deteriorating relationship between China and the United States
It is pertinent to mention that the partnership would create new and potentially dangerous flashpoints in the worsening relations between China and the United States.
The agreement represents a significant blow to the Trump administration’s aggressive policy towards Iran since abandoning the nuclear deal in 2015.
“The U.S. will continue to impose charges on Chinese companies that assist Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism,” the U.S. State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, said in response to questions about the draft agreement.
Ms. Ortagus added, “The Chinese government is impairing its own stated goal of promoting stability and peace by conducting sanctionable activities with the Iranian regime.”
“Iran and China both view this deal as a strategic partnership, in not just expanding their own interests but confronting the U.S.,” said Ali Gholizadeh, an Iranian energy researcher at the University of Science and Technology of China. “It’s the first of its kind for Iran keen on having a world power as an ally.”
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