China, Russia, North Korea, Iran Build Ties as U.N. Friends Feud with U.S.
China, Russia, North Korea and Iran have set out to build on their strategic partnerships as they pool efforts to counter what they see as an increasingly aggressive United States attempting to thwart their interests.
At the center of the push appears to be Washington's top strategic competitor, Beijing, whose delegation held its first face-to-face talks with officials from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration, resulting in a rare flare-up that may only serve to enflame their feud.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was present alongside Chinese Communist Party Foreign Affairs Commission Director Yang Jiechi at the tense Alaska talks last Thursday, was set this Friday to head to Tehran to meet with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and President Hassan Rouhani.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said Tuesday that China and Iran planned to review plans to "strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries and exchange views on international and regional developments."
The two nations are part of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an arrangement that offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Former-President Donald Trump's 2018 decision to exit the accord and implement unilateral restrictions against Tehran pushed the nation to ignore some of the treaty's caps on uranium enrichment, putting the deal in danger.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters Tuesday that the JCPOA was "at a critical juncture," but blamed Washington for not moving first to lift sanctions, an action Tehran has said it would answer by reinstituting the nuclear limits.
"The urgent task is for the United States to return to the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue and lift the relevant sanctions as soon as possible," Hua said, "while Iran will resume compliance with the agreement, so as to jointly push the…
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No, he doesn't. Biden is doing the same freedom of navigation exercises off Taiwan. The entire area has their guard up against China; Australia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia. Nobody is happy with China
Biden will do better for the simple reason that our alliances are being restored. Not insulting friends is tremendously helpful.