Don’t Believe your (lying) Eyes

First-hand news from China (more here). The Chinese Media say that the flooding is only an illusion.

  • China is trying to court Iran to make common cause with the imams against the US.
  • The latest swine flu is blamed on the US, though it’s being called the “African Swine Flu” locally.
  • The situation between the US and China continues to deteriorate.

 

The Chinese Belt Road

The Chinese Belt Road project, Xi’s signature program, all but failed in the wake of the plague except for Iran.

Chinese President Xi just concluded a trip to Iran where they are working to ink a $400 billion arms for oil trade deal. Iran’s loss of its nuclear facilities are forcing it to arm up in a different way. And while these talks and agreements had been taking form for some time before the accidents at the nuclear fuel processing facilities, the agreement has taken a more serious note because of them.

China has the technology and appetite for oil that Iran needs. Iran has been one of the world’s largest oil producers, but its exports, Tehran’s largest source of revenue, have plunged since the Trump Administration began imposing sanctions in 2018; China gets about 75 percent of its oil from abroad and is the world’s largest oil importer at more than 10 million barrels a day last year.

The draft agreement with Iran shows that unlike most countries, China feels it is in a position to defy the United States, powerful enough to withstand American penalties, as it has in the trade war waged by President Trump.

“Two ancient Asian cultures, two partners in the sectors of trade, economy, politics, culture and security with a similar outlook and many mutual bilateral and multilateral interests will consider one another strategic partners,” the document says in its opening sentence.

Chinese investments in Iran could spur still more punitive actions against Chinese companies, which intend to defy US sanctions.

“The United States will continue to impose costs on Chinese companies that aid Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism,” a State Department spokeswoman wrote in response to questions about the draft agreement.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Two extremely untrustworthy countries trying to rely on each other. Where can this go wrong? And who will screw the other first?

  2. So Atheistic China is holding hands with Muslim Iran. Does that mean all those Uighurs cooped up in prison camps or waiting their turn in organ harvesting facilities will get turned loose now?

    • Let’s not be too hasty. The Uighurs are Sunni, not Shiia, so I’d expect that Iran would want their share of harvested organs. I’m sure that Xi might split Iran 50/50.

      • Oooopsie! Sorry, I just can’t keep all the finer points of those pesky sectarian differences straight in my mind.

        • They want to take the meteorite back from the Saudis to Teheran so that people can worship it in Iran.

  3. It appears China has replaced Iraq in George W. Bush’s ‘axis of evil.’ North Korea is still paying Axis of Evil dues, and Kim Jong Un always brings a three bean salad (mixed with some Kim Chi) to the Axis of Evil annual picnic. The Iranian mullahs don’t bring jack to this picnic, other than an attitude.

    • Maybe the mullahs will sacrifice a goat or whatever Mohammedans do, and spit it on a BBQ over the coals at the grand suaree? I’m telling you there’s nothing more fun at a picnic than hard core Maoists and Mullahs. That’s a real corker in the making.

    • I don’t know ant there is likely the official deal and the unofficial deal. However, China doesn’t want Iran to shoot the missiles in the wrong direction and you never know how that will work…so possibly no enriched Uranium…

    • Russia is competing with China to supply weapons to Iran.

      Russia and China are adversaries, always have been, always will be. They cooperate on some issues where there is a mutually beneficial outcome, but they are wary of each other.

    • Just because the media can only talk about the Chinese Plague and the Zombies doesn’t mean that there aren’t other things going on.

  4. Lot of explosions in Iran lately, which we don’t hear about because gender studies students are getting bundled into rental SUVs. And Marxist graffiti, of course. Far more important.

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