China cannot save Iran from Political Crisis
The United States and China, two major powers and rivals in technology, political, weapons and commodity markets, are competing in the Middle East and in all strategic areas the world. Iran and the United States are also at loggerheads. China, using “Your enemy, its enemy is your friend,” welcomed Iran and have had economic and political relations.
In August, the United States issued a warning to China, calling it a threat to security in the Middle East and supporting the Iranian regime. Trump administration warned that any agreement between Iran and Beijing could escalate tensions between the United States and Tehran. The Trump’s foreign secretary said “the alleged agreement between China and Iran will disrupt the Middle East.” Pempeo stressed in particular that the issue poses a threat to Israel and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well.
Political commentators described the agreement as a failure of the United States’ policy of self-determination in the Middle East, and instead China took the opportunity to establish political relations with countries at war with the United States, such as Iran. This agreement reflects China’s stable policy, and how it intends to expand into the world economically and politically. Because of what the United States has called Iran’s “maximum pressure,” China has adopted a “relaxed” policy. This is in the best interests of the Iranian regime, which seeks to evade US pressure and the economic situation facing the Iranian people.
In June 2020, a draft on the strategic cooperation between China and Iran was leaked to the media. The agreement specifically covers bilateral economic, political, cultural, and military cooperation over the next 25 years. China has pledged Iran’s largest investment of $ 400 billion in oil, gas and infrastructure. The agreement, which stipulates that China and Iran will cooperate militarily, especially China, which is renovating a military base on the Iranian island of Kish, is also in doubt. But China is avoiding close security ties with Iran by being careful not to focus on major powers, or pushing Iran into confrontation with the United States, the regime’s number one enemy.
Since 2008, Iran has sought to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – Eurasia’s security and economic alliance that effectively leads China to gain a reliable military wing.In the wake of the long-running crisis between the United States and China, a broad bilateral agreement is emerging between Beijing and Tehran and Washington is now eyeing the deal as a sign of China’s full support for the Iranian regime. Washington says China will not help Iran, but it will stimulateto neighboring countries and undermine security in the Middle East.
Since 2009 Iran was a trading partner of China, but it was not enough market to Beijing. Chinese trade was better than other Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates compared to Iran. In 2014, China-Iran trade was $ 51.85 billion, or 1.2 percent of China’s total trade, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, but it declined. In contrast, trade between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Iran was $ 69.15 billion and $ 54.8 billion, respectively.
Trump’s sanctions on Iran have led to the withdrawal of Chinese businessmen from Iran’s major projects, and the suspension of trade agreements with their Iranian counterparts due to blockade of payment gateways and increased economic risks of investing in the Iranian market. Because of the second US sanctions. This proves that China cannot save Iran politically, economically and geographically.