Expanding Iran–China Relations: Strategic Dimensions

Expanding Iran–China Relations: Strategic Dimensions

  • 18 March 2013

The expanding energy and trade relations between Iran and China, particularly since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, are contributing to the emergence of a new political map that has significant regional and global implications. In this changing political landscape, Tehran – which perceives itself as the leader of an “axis of resistance” to Israel and its allies – is vying for prominence in the Middle East while engaging in an ideological struggle to diminish the influence of the United States and its allies in the region.

China, which is Iran’s leading energy and trade partner, will be a key player and an important partner if Tehran is to realize its goals. With its unprecedented economic growth, extensive cash reserves and ‘peaceful rise’ strategy, China threatens to challenge the United States as the world’s dominant superpower—a global rise to prominence has been fueled partly by Iranian energy.

This presentation will examine the evolution of this unique relationship, with a special emphasis on arms, energy and Iran’s nuclear program. It will analyze the impact of UN sanctions on the strategic triangle of Iran–China–US relations that is contributing to a realignment of power in the Middle East. Finally, based on its current dynamics, it shall speculate on the future of the Iran–China relationship and the role it may assume in shaping a new political map of regional and global significance.

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Monday 18 March 2013

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Monday 18 March 2013

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