Long Term China-Iran Strategic Cooperation

China and Iran, two important powers in Asia, have indicated mutual interest in deepening bilateral cooperation. This could directly impact peace and stability in the Persian Gulf and can potentially increase the relative power of each nation as they respond to common external challenger: the United States (US). While prospects of a closer alliance between Beijing and Tehran have raised alarm in the West and Golf, a deep-dive into the strategic partnership agreement and analysis of mutual interests reveals that aims are modest as both sides are keenly aware of the challenges emanating from an uncertain region. Read More…

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