Iran and China agree to counter ‘unilateralism’ — Analysis

While welcoming Beijing’s defense minister, Tehran called for a strategic partnership to create order and stability

Iran regards its relations to China as an attempt by like-minded countries to combat US unilateralism. Wei Fenghe was told Wednesday that Iran President Ebrahim Rashi said this.

According to state media, Raisi stated that Tehran had made it a top priority to implement the 25-year strategic cooperation accord between Iran and China, which was signed in 2021.

“Confronting unilateralism and creating stability and order is possible through the cooperation of independent and like-minded powers,”The IRNA news agency quoted Raisi as having said this. The IRNA news agency quoted Raisi as saying that current “regional and global developments show more than ever the value of Iran-China strategic cooperation.”

Wei stated that his visit was for the purpose of “improving the strategic defense cooperation”There is a direct connection between Tehran and Beijing. “remarkable”The impact of the fight against terrorism, and defusing unilateralism “particularly in the current critical and tense situation.”

Wei also met General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani (Iran Defense Minister) and invited him to China. Ashtiani stressed the importance of China in their conversation. “the need to counter American hegemony in the world by strengthening multilateralism,”According to an Iranian Defense Ministry statement.

Ashtiani also criticised the US military presence elsewhere in the Middle East, and said that “wherever the US has had military presence, it has created waves of insecurity, instability, rifts, pessimism, war, destruction and displacement,”According to IRNA.

China calls out US ‘war crimes’

Major General Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, also met with the Chinese visitor, and offered some details on the shape of their cooperation going forward.

“We agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in joint military drills, exchange of strategies, training issues and other common fields between the two countries’ armed forces so that we can provide better security for the two countries,”Bagheri spoke to reporters in Tehran Wednesday.

The strategic cooperation agreement 2021 has opened the door to Iran-China military cooperation, as well as a range of economic activities that include oil trading and transportation.

Since 2018, Iran has been subject to unilateral US sanctions. This was after the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement. China, France, Germany and Russia are all signatories to the original agreement. The current US government has said it wants to restore the agreement, but the talks have gone nowhere due to Washington’s refusal to lift the sanctions against Tehran. 



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