“Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity with Iran…even as the U.S. Navy revealed evidence the Iranians were behind the terrorist attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.”
The two oil tankers were Japanese and Norwegian. The U.S. military released a video it says “shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard taking an unexploded mine from the hull of one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman.” Tehran’s usual response was denial, and it also accused the U.S. of “waging an “Iranophobic campaign.”
Now China and Russia have come out to express solidarity with Iran. But while Iran enthusiastically views that support as rebellion against its infidel enemy America and an opportunity to encourage further “resistance” against “the Great Satan” America, there is more worth noting that underlies the appearance of China-Russia support for Iran.
Briefly: China has a gripe with America because of its current trade war with Trump, who has raised tariffs on Chinese imports up to 25% and is ready to slap more tariffs on China after the upcoming G-20 Summit. Trump’s issues with China have everything to do with the latter’s ongoing dirty business in violation of its World Trade Organization membership. The U.S. “is seekingsweeping changes, including an end to forced technology transfers and theft of U.S. trade secrets. It also wants curbs on subsidies for Chinese state-owned enterprises and better access for U.S. firms in Chinese markets.” Given the pressure mounting on China from its trade war with the U.S., it’s little wonder that China will pledge support for Iran. China also has close energy and business ties with Iran and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz — “the strategic waterway, through which a significant part of the world’s oil supply flows.”
Iran has also been heavily courting Russia, even sucking up to Russia. While on a recent visit to Moscow, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “Iran and Russia have never been this close in the past few decades,” and that “Iran differentiated between the JCPOA signatories and would never forget Russia’s support.”
While Iran continues its primary jihadi resistance against “Great Satan” America (and “Little Satan” Israel), China and Russia (two infidel countries) have separate ambitions, which are obviously not intended to serve Iran, but their own interests.
Russia has so far displayed no enthusiasm to partner with Iran on its terms. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov only said with reference to America concerning the oil tanker attack: “I would take the opportunity to warn against hasty conclusions, against attempts to lay the blame at the door of those we don’t like.” In fact, the American sanctions against Iran has helped increase Russia’s market-share of oil. Saudi Arabia also plans to invest billions in Russian petroleum and other projects.
In America’s strategic favor also is that China, too, has been courting Saudi Arabia. The two countries recently met to boost bilateral ties in developing energy and infrastructure. Back in February, Saudi Arabia signed a $28 billion economic deal with China, forcing the latter into an ally juggling act, given that Saudi Arabia and Iran are mortal enemies; Saudi Arabia and America have also forged closer ties under the Trump administration.
Iran’s noisy celebration of Russia-China support and its attempts to bring the two countries under a unified “resistance” against America is highly questionable.
“China and Russia Stand up for Iran After Gulf Tanker Attacks,” by John Hayward, Breitbart, June 14, 2019:
Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity with Iran on Friday, even as the U.S. Navy revealed evidence the Iranians were behind the terrorist attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
“The pressures that the US government imposes on Iran and China and other countries are aimed at dominating the whole of Asia and the world,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said after meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kyrgyzstan.
Rouhani called for China to cooperate with Iran on resistance against “American unilateralism” and portrayed Iran as heroically resisting the pressure from U.S. sanctions.
“The Iranian people have shown that they are not shaken by the foreign pressures, but become more united and more resistant,” Rouhani said.
China’s state-run Xinhua news service summarized Xi’s response:
China has always viewed its relations with Iran from a strategic and long-term perspective, said Xi, adding that despite changes in regional and international situations, the Chinese side is willing to join hands with the Iranian side in fostering a continuous and steady development of the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership.
The Chinese president called on the two sides to strengthen strategic communication and support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests, adding that the two countries also need to step up coordination and conduct practical cooperation properly.
He also urged the two sides to enhance cooperation in such areas as anti-terrorism and combating cross-border crimes, and jointly clamp down the “three forces” of terrorism, separatism, and extremism, including East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
China supports maintaining the Iran nuclear deal, said Xi, and is willing to step up coordination with Iran within such multilateral frameworks as the United Nations and the SCO to jointly safeguard basic norms of international relations and multilateralism and preserve shared interests of developing countries, including China and Iran.
Rouhani also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kyrgyzstan summit, urging closer cooperation to resist “external pressure and foreign sanctions.”
“The situation in the region requires stronger interaction between our nations,” Rouhani told Putin….
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