Postmortems on Historic Sino/Iranian 25-Year Agreement
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif welcomed his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to Tehran for both nations to sign the landmark agreement.
Praising their agreed on “comprehensive strategic partnership,” Zarif “welcomed (his) Chinese friend & counterpart, FM Wang Yi, to Tehran,” he tweeted, adding:
“Excellent exchange on the expansion of global, regional, and bilateral cooperation in the context of our comprehensive strategic partnership, culminated in the signing of a historic 25-year strategic roadmap.”
Iran’s special representative for strategic ties with the People’s Republic of China Ali Larijani said the following:
“The Islamic Republic of Iran decides independently about its relationship with countries, and (won’t) change its position” because of pressure by a foreign country.
Wang stressed that “China’s relationship with Iran will not be affected by conditions of the day and it will be permanent and strategic.”
Last month in Beijing, Zarif called Iran’s relationship with China a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” adding:
“(P)artnership between Iran and China (is) one of our most important relations.”
At the time, Wang said “in depth strategic communication with my old friend (Zarif) to deepen the strategic trust between our two countries (will) ensure fresh progress of the bilateral comprehensive and strategic partnership.”
“We consider the comprehensive strategic partnership between Iran and China as one of our most important relations.”
“I would like to have in depth strategic communication with my old friend (Zarif) to deepen the strategic trust between our two countries and to ensure fresh progress of the bilateral comprehensive and strategic partnership.”
Former Chinese envoy to Iran Hua Liming said his country’s earlier caution in dealings with Tehran greatly changed because of deteriorated relations with the US.
Agreeing on a 25-year strategic partnership with Iran showed how dramatically things changed, adding:
Since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, the US reminded China that ties to the Islamic Republic are viewed as an impediment to Sino/US relations.
Because of unacceptable actions by the Trump and Biden regimes,
that (earlier) era has gone, Hua stressed.
Wang said that “(n)o matter how the international and regional situation changes, China will unswervingly maintain its friendly policies towards Iran.”
Zarif expressed thanks, calling China “a friend in hard times.”
“We thank China for its valuable positions and actions in a period of cruel sanctions against Iran” by the US and its imperial partners.
Strategic partnership between China and Iran came after give years of negotiations.
Referring to Washington’s hostility toward China, Wang stressed that it’s “to seriously reflect on the bad consequences inflicted on the region by external interference, and work together to explore effective ways to maintain long-term regional security and stability.”
Hua said “(b)oth China and Iran are interested in promoting their close ties publicly, which has reflected a changed reality.”
“As China cares much less about what the US thinks, we will no longer be restrained by those largely self-imposed restrictions on fostering close ties with Iran.”
It clearly includes relying heavily on the Islamic Republic as a key energy supplier.
The NYT expressed angst about the Sino/Iranian 25-year strategic partnership, saying it “could ease Iran’s international isolation” the Times supports.
Siding with US imperial lawless over world peace and stability, the Times falsely accused Iran of being in noncompliance with its JCPOA obligations.
It’s in full compliance with its provisions in sharp contrast to flagrant breaching of theirs by the US and E 3 what the Times was silent about, falsely blaming aggrieved Iran for Western wrongdoing.
WaPo failed to report on Saturday’s landmark Sino/Iranian signing ceremony, publishing an AP News report instead.
The WSJ cited Biden regime trade representative Katherine Tai, saying that removal of US tariffs on China is off the table to maintain leverage in future bilateral talks.
Bloomberg News said the landmark Sino/Iranian strategic partnership poses a challenge to the US.
Reuters said the agreement strengthens their longstanding economic and political alliance —
“rais(ing) concerns in the US.”
White House and congressional hardliners are militantly hostile toward both countries, along with others free from US imperial control.
The Sino/Iranian strategic alliance weakens Washington’s geopolitical agenda.
Chinese retaliatory sanctions on the EU, US and Canada appear to be a shot across their bow — indicating much tougher ones to come if they continue waging war on Beijing by other means.
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