China challenges US and saves Iran

Beijing exceeded Washington’s sanctions against Tehran and decided to come to the aid of the ayatollahs. On Saturday 27, Iranian foreign ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese ministers Wang Yi signed a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement. This scope includes military assistance in the event of armed conflict; many companies in the energy sector (Iranian oil goes to the Chinese, who hand over nuclear technology ) and significant investments in infrastructure.

The two countries thus widen their political and cultural ties, of security and defense and a diversified cooperation in other sectors. The treaty will also increase bilateral trade, which is expected to rise to around $ 600 billion a year. In addition, China will invest $ 400 billion in Iran’s oil, gas, petrochemical, renewable and nuclear infrastructure.

The deal also puts Iran on the project known as the Beijing Belt and Road . It is an ambitious program worth over $ 1 trillion to connect China with Europe and Africa through a series of rail and maritime projects, thus facilitating China’s access to dozens of countries.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the signing of the agreement, expressing gratitude to Beijing for its support for Tehran on the international stage in the face of unilateral sanctions by the United States, including with regard to the Iranian nuclear project. Rohani pointed out that the US military presence in West Asia is the cause of regional instability.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the agreement a “historic 25-year strategic roadmap” and said he and Wang had “an excellent exchange on expanding global, regional and bilateral cooperation in the world. part of our global strategic partnership ”.

Wang, meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of the Iranian authorities, saying that “relations between the two countries have now reached the level of strategic partnership” and that “China is seeking to improve its relations with Iran overall.” The Chancellor added that Beijing’s ties with Tehran “will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic”, noting that “unlike some countries” Iran “is not changing its position because of a phone call “.

American journalist and policy analyst foreign Ben Norton called the deal “huge”, calling it “nail in the coffin, ending US imperialist hegemony over West Asia.” Bloomberg, for his part, described signing the treaty as a “challenge” for the Biden government as it works to “rally allies” against Beijing.

“Iran’s closer integration with China can help strengthen its economy against the impact of [sanções dos EUA], while sending a clear signal to the Biden government of Tehran’s intentions,” the business newspaper suggested. American.

Last month, after the Biden government made it clear that it would not lift sanctions and return to the nuclear deal only if Iran drastically curtailed uranium enrichment activities, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced that the “post-American era” had begun. The first step can be understood as this agreement, something unprecedented between two nations known to be disaffected by the United States.

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