China and Iran’s signing of a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement last week is the latest in a long series of foreign policy developments between the two nations that utterly deny the validity of prevailing Western ideas concerning international diplomacy.
The $400 billion deal will trade heavy Chinese investments in Iranian infrastructure for increased exports of Iranian oil and will increase cultural and military ties between the two nations. China is already expected to receive nearly 1 million barrels of oil per day from Iran in March, effectively removing any incentive for Iran to attempt to negotiate itself out of US embargoes.
Additionally, if earlier drafts of the deal are any indication, it may also include direct Chinese contributions to Iran’s nuclear program and military capabilities.
The deal was signed amid renewed Iranian attempts to enrich uranium beyond the limit set by the Iran Nuclear Deal (of which China is a signatory), including the development and operation of advanced centrifuges at an underground site.
The move is also sure to be considered within the context of a growing threat of armed conflict given a recent report by US intelligence that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was planning suicide-style assassination attacks at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. and on General Joseph Martin, the Army vice chief of staff.
The deal is certain to have far reaching consequences in terms of economic, political, and military developments over the coming decades.
What has not yet been discussed, however, is how the dominant international relations ideology in the West contributed to the deal’s development.