During a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi put their signatures on the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to strengthen the traditional friendship between the two states.
The deal, which was five years in the making, includes Chinese investments in Iran’s energy and infrastructure sectors in return for steady supplies of Iranian oil.
“Besides having diplomatic, economic, and cultural benefits for both Iran and China, the 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement has clear geopolitical implications. It strengthens both countries' position vis a vis the rogue economic blackmail of the US which tries to impose 'maximum pressure' on its self-proclaimed rivals by the imposition of economic and political sanctions,” Dennis Etler, a former professor of anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, told Press TV.
“A strong strategic relationship between China and Iran will also result in enhanced security in the region and contribute to the peace process. China has friendly relations with all nations in the Middle East and can serve as an honest broker in resolving conflicts between them," he added.
Etler sai while the US tries to fan the flames of conflict in the region so it can fish in troubled waters and better assert its influence to manage affairs in its own interest, it is in China’s commercial interest and in the interest of its regional partners to douse the flames and establish a regional sphere of peace and security.
“Diplomatic exchanges between the Han dynasty and the Parthians were established in ancient times and have continued ever since. Iran was a central node of the Silk Road that linked China with countries and regions to its west and extended to Europe,” Etler underlined.