Tel Aviv [Israel], Jan. 17 (ANI): Iran feels abandoned by China. Sergio Restelli, an Italian political consultant for The Times, wrote that Iran’s foreign ministry had recently summoned the Chinese ambassador to Tehran to express concerns over the December 9 meeting between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). A joint statement issued expressed dissatisfaction with Israel.
The joint statement said Iran was a supporter of regional terrorist groups and a proliferator of ballistic missiles and drones, The Times of Israel reported. Even more damaging, the statement noted the importance of addressing “Iran’s nuclear archive and destabilizing activities in the region.”
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Tehran is also concerned about China’s recent embrace of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, as it sees China as taking a neutral stance in Iran’s rivalry with Saudi Arabia in the Gulf.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia from December 7-10, 2022, and the series of meetings he has held have Iranian authorities wondering if China is changing its approach to the region, especially after the U.S. has reduced its presence, Restor Leigh wrote The Times of Israel.
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Despite Israel’s disappointment over Xi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the country cannot afford to damage relations with China for economic reasons, as China is the largest importer of Iranian oil by 2022 and the two countries have signed a 25-year roadmap to strengthen economic cooperation.
Geo Politik recently reported that Iran is also concerned about the slow pace of investment promised by China when it signed a 25-year cooperation agreement with Iran last year. Responding to China’s decision to seek closer ties with Saudi Arabia, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisy’s political adviser said Iran opposed a plot by Saudi Arabia and the United States to destabilize countries in the region nearly a decade ago.
According to news reports, China’s largest energy supplier is Saudi Arabia, and Beijing is trying to build a long-term relationship with Riyadh to meet its energy needs. Sabah Zanganeh, a senior political analyst, said the Chinese government wanted to ensure it had a stable energy supplier.
According to the Geo Politik report, Zanganeh, a former lawmaker, deputy culture minister and Iran’s ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), emphasized that China meets its energy needs by buying energy from Iran. However, the energy sources China is developing face many problems, including US sanctions.
The problem with Iran, according to Zanganeh, is that it has limited itself to a handful of countries. Following Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the Chinese president and the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued statements in which three articles made “hostile remarks” against Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia disagree over the ownership of three islands – Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa. Iran has ruled the three islands since 1971. However, the United Arab Emirates also has sovereignty over the three islands. Iran insists the islands are “an integral part of the pure land of Iran”. (Arnie)
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