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Scholar’s Comments Hint That China May Not Have Expected Iran to Strike Israel

Dong Manyuan, a senior fellow in the department of developing countries studies at the China Institute of International Studies, in a recent television appearance to discuss the Iran-Israel crisis.

One of China’s leading foreign policy scholars appeared on national TV last week and firmly declared that Iran would not launch a direct strike on Israel in response to Israel’s bombing of the Iranian embassy in Syria.

Dong Manyuan, a senior fellow and former director of the China Institute of International Studies, an influential think tank operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), said unequivocally he didn’t think Tehran would respond the way they actually did.

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