Skip to comments.China and Iran Breaking Up
Posted on 03/10/2012 8:10:20 PM PST by U-238
They say that its only in hard times that you really see who your true friends are. What separates opportunistic partnership from genuine alliance isnt necessarily treaties, but a willingness among both parties to hang onto their relationship when the going gets tough.
With Irans growing isolation over its nuclear program, Chinas ties with Tehran are being put to the test as never before. As the European Union and the United States tighten the noose around Irans oil exports constituting 80 percent of government revenues and key financial institutions, including the Iranian Central Bank, Tehran is in desperate need of Chinese assistance. On top of this, Israel appears to be laying the groundwork for military strikes in case sanctions fail to achieve the desired effect: namely, Iran abandoning its nuclear program.
This is precisely when China is most needed by Iran. However, with Washington stepping up its pressure on China to cut Iran loose, there are growing signs that Beijings leaders attach greater importance to Sino-American ties and the countrys own energy security.
In recent decades, Iran and China have cultivated a partnership that cuts across all critical areas. By any measure, Iran and China seem natural historical allies. After all, the two countries are among the oldest continuous civilizations, and for centuries, the Persian Empire and Imperial China served as the two pillars of power at the far ends of the Asian continent. They also formed the foundations of the ancient Silk Road, which spurred the first waves of globalization.
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So who gets custody of the kids?
With friends like Iran, who needs enemies. Any relationship is only about money.
They share a common hatred: Israel and the United States.
But your theory is true.
...there are growing signs that Beijingâs leaders attach greater importance to Sino-American ties and the countryâs own energy security.IOW, Zero was showing statesmanship when he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
Agree. China takes a very long view. Iran is not only a supplier of oil and gas, but a prime customer for China’s export oriented economy. They will say all the right things. However it is doubtful they would actually vote against Iran if it came to a UN security council vote. It would be nice if they gave the US the codes to the guidance systems of the missiles they sold Iran.
The Chinese have been developing their own navigational system called Twin Star.The Twin Star system represents the PRC’s attempt to become independent of the United States’ GPS and the Russian GLONASS navigation satellites.
I totally agree. At the end of the day, breaking up is hard to do.
I think China and Israel get along pretty well. The other day Netanyahu was quoted in Bloomberg.com talking about strategic partnership with China and India and a while back a top Chinese general visited Israel to meet with Israeli military officials.
I should not of made that statement and it was a mistake. It was made in haste.
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