Strategic deal with China expedites end of America: Senior Iranian official

Biden's infrastructure plan for democratic countries a 'tactic' to lure allies with values

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A senior Iranian official praised a strategic deal with China saying it expedited the end of America.

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, wrote on Twitter that the 25-year agreement between Iran and China was part of Tehran’s “active resistance policy.”

“The world isn’t just the West and the West doesn’t just (consist of) the law-breaking United States and covenant-breaking Britain, France and Germany. Biden’s concern is well-founded: the flourishing of strategic cooperation in the East will accelerate the decline of the United States,” he said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, and his visiting Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, signed the agreement on Saturday.

China agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran over 25 years in exchange for a steady supply of oil to fuel its growing economy.

The US President Joe Biden’s suggestion to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to design another infrastructure scheme to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative amid escalating sanctions between certain Western countries and China only exposed a lack of long-term understanding of China and a clearly-defined strategy, some Chinese experts say, since he comes up with an idea that imitates China’s proposal.

It also showed that the leaders of those Western countries may have to “do something” to respond to rising anti-China voices in their own countries as Beijing hit back resolutely against unilateral sanctions over Xinjiang and the so-called human rights issue. The suggestion to unify those “democratic states” without any realistic approach can only be seen as tough rhetoric rather than concrete action, according to experts.

Biden suggested to Johnson in a the phone call on Friday that “democratic countries” should have a a similar program to rival China’s BRI to help communities around the world without giving further details, according to media reports. The UK Prime Minister, who welcomed the suggestion, talked about the ways toward alleviation programs to offset the level of dependency on China through the initiative, Politico reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed politician who attended the meeting at 10 Downing Street. Also, Johnson revealed that he and Biden had agreed during their Friday call to funnel hundreds of millions of pounds behind the program, according to British media reports.

The idea came after Biden said on Thursday he would prevent China from passing the United States to become the most powerful country in the world, Reuters reported.

Johnson appeared to be the first leader of the Western countries that imposed sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities over Xinjiang lately in voicing the support for Biden’s infrastructure plan. However, Johnson was also the one who spoke highly of the BRI years ago, and such an ambivalent attitude, as some Chinese experts said, reflected the lack of long-term understanding and mature strategies on a rising China.

 

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