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Why the New China-Iran Agreement Isn’t a Big Deal

Depending on who you speak with, the 25-year Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) agreement between China and Iran either marks the emergence of a new “axis of evil” that’s going to overturn the balance of power in the Middle East or it’s just a lot of vague promises that are largely aspirational with no firm commitments.

The truth is that no one outside of the participants themselves actually knows what it’s in the agreement because it hasn’t been made public and probably will never be published. Regardless of what’s in the deal, or not, it nonetheless symbolizes shifting geopolitical trends in the Persian Gulf that’s allowing China to take on a much more prominent role.

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