A Baloch suicide bombing targeting Chinese workers in Karachi comes a mere month after the US-backed ousting of PM Imran Khan. Pakistan is a critical BRI hub in Beijing’s vast Eurasian connectivity project, and it looks like CPEC is the ultimate target of this disruption.
By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and cross-posted with The Cradle
This is the concise story of how a suicide bombing may carry the potential to subvert the whole, ongoing, complex process of Eurasia integration.
Recently, the Balochistan Liberation Movement (BLA) had released an ISIS-influenced video threatening “Chinese officials and installations” in Pakistan’s vast province.
Yet what actually happened in late April was a suicide bombing outside of the University of Karachi’s Confucius Institute – not Balochistan – and targeting Chinese teachers, not “officials and installations.”
The suicide bomber was a woman, Shaari Baloch, alias Bramsh, who detonated her vest just as a van carrying Institute staff members approached the entrance. The attack was claimed by the BLA’s Majeed Brigade, which stressed that this was the first time they used a female suicide bomber.
Shaari Baloch was a schoolteacher with a Zoology degree, enrolled to pursue a second Master’s degree, married to a dentist and professor at Makran Medical College in her hometown of Turbat, in southern Balochistan. Her three brothers include a doctor, a deputy director at a government-funded project, and a civil servant. So Shaari Baloch was far from being a mere destitute online-indoctrinated Salafi-jihadi.
The Pakistani Foreign Office had to stress the obvious: this was a “direct attack on the Pakistan-China friendship and ongoing cooperation,” always qualified, by both sides, as “iron brothers.” Pakistan is an absolutely key node of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect the Eurasian landmass.
This was no standard terrorist attack. Its reverberations are immense – not only in one of Pakistan’s provinces and South Asia regionally, but for the whole of Eurasia. It may be a harbinger of serious turbulence ahead.
Shaari Baloch’s act of desperation should be seen, to start with, as the embodiment of a deep-seated Baloch alienation felt by the educated middle classes, from lawyers and traders to students, constantly permeating the complex relationship with a distant Islamabad. A significant part of the puzzle is that 26 Pakistani intel agencies never saw it coming.
Baloch leaders instantly made the point that the best possible reaction would be to call a Grand Jirga – modeled on the Shahi Jirga practiced at the time of the partition of the subcontinent – that would unite all tribal elders to address the most pressing local grievances.
Round up the usual suspects
Balochistan, geostrategically, is as valuable as rare earth minerals: an immense desert positioned east of Iran, south of Afghanistan, and boasting three Arabian Sea ports, including Gwadar, practically at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Comprising nearly 48 percent of Pakistan’s area, Balochistan is rich in uranium and copper, potentially very rich in oil, produces more than one-third of Pakistan’s natural gas, and sparsely populated. The Baloch account for the majority of the population, followed by Pashtuns. Quetta, the large provincial capital, for years was considered Taliban Central by the Pentagon.
Gwadar, the port built by China on the southwestern Balochistan coast of the Arabian Sea – directly across from Oman – is the absolute key node of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and doubles as the essential link in a never-ending pipeline saga. The Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, previously known as the “peace pipeline,” with plans to cross from Iranian to Pakistani Balochistan (India still has not made up its mind) is absolute anathema to Washington since the George W. Bush era.
CPEC remains an endless source of controversy even inside Pakistan. Beyond all the links planned between Gwadar and Xinjiang by the year 2030, most of this ambitious connectivity corridor deals with energy, industrial zones and road and rail projects in different parts of the country – an overall improvement of its lagging infrastructure. The Chinese, for years, have quipped that in fact “all of Pakistan is a corridor.”
The US security establishment, predictably, has been planning for years to instrumentalize an insurgency in Balochistan to – what else – “disrupt” first the possibility of an energy pipeline from Gwadar to Xinjiang, and then the overall CPEC project. Usual suspects like the US’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) are very much present in Balochistan. WikiLeaks had revealed a great deal of the game back in 2015.
A Carnegie Institute report noted how “many Baloch nationalist leaders now come from the urbanized districts of Kech, Panjgur, and Gwadar (and to a lesser extent from Quetta, Khuzdar, Turbat, Kharan, and Lasbela). They are well connected to Karachi and Gulf cities, where tribal structures are non-existent. In fact, while there is violence all over the province, the insurgency seems to concentrate mainly in these urbanized areas.”
Suicide bomber Shaari Baloch came from Turbat, the province’s second largest city, where the BLA is very much active. From the point of view of the usual suspects, these are choice assets, especially after the death of important tribal leaders such as Akbar Bugti. The report duly noted how “the educated and middle-class Baloch youth are in the forefront” of the insurgency.
The anti-China instrumentalization of the BLA also ties in with the regime-change parliament operation in Islamabad that recently deposed former prime minister Imran Khan, who was always a fierce adversary of the American “Forever War” in Afghanistan. Khan resolutely denied Pakistan’s use in “over the horizon” US military ops: that was one of the key reasons for him to be ousted.
Now, with a pliant, Washington-approved, new regime in town, a miracle has just happened: the Pentagon is about to clinch a formal agreement with Islamabad to use Pakistani airspace to – what else – keep interfering in Afghanistan.
Beijing, as well as other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), won’t be amused. Only weeks before the white coup, Khan had met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and once again underscored how Pakistan and China are “iron brothers.”
Imran Khan was a serious thorn in the side of the west because he kept impressing on Pakistanis that the Forever War in Afghanistan was militarily unwinnable. He knew how all the proxies – including the BLA – that destabilized both Afghanistan and Pakistan for decades were, and continue to be, part of US covert operations.
Not an Iran-India plot
Balochistan is as deeply tribal as the Pashtun tribal areas. Local tribal chiefs can be as ultra-conservative as Islamabad is neglectful (and they are not exactly paragons of human rights either). Most tribes though bow to Islamabad’s authority – except, first and foremost, the Bugti.
And then there’s the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which both Washington and London used to brand as a terrorist group, and then forgot about it. The BLA operated for years out of Kandahar in Afghanistan (only two hours away from Quetta), and already in the previous decade – simultaneous to the announcement of the New Silk Roads and CPEC – stressed it was getting ready to attack non-Balochis (code for the government in Islamabad as well as Chinese foreigners).
Balochis are inclined to consider the BLA as a resistance group. But Islamabad has always denied it, saying their support is not beyond 10 percent of the provincial population.
An ample controversy has raged in Pakistan for years on whether the BLA was totally hijacked by the CIA, the MI6 and the Mossad. During a 2006 visit to Iran, I was prevented from going to the Sistan-Balochistan province in southeast Iran because, according to Tehran’s version, infiltrated CIA from Pakistani Balochistan were involved in covert, cross-border attacks. It was no secret to anyone in the region that since 9/11 the US virtually controlled the Baloch air bases in Dalbandin and Panjgur.
In October 2001, while waiting for an opening to cross to Kandahar from Quetta, I spent quite some time with a number of BLA associates and sympathizers. They described themselves as “progressive, nationalist, anti-imperialist” (and that would make them difficult to be co-opted by the US). They were heavily critical of “Punjabi chauvinism,” and always insisted the region’s resources belong to Balochis first; that was their rationale for attacks on gas pipelines.
Stressing an atrocious, provincial literacy rate of only 16 percent (“It’s government policy to keep Balochistan backward”), they resented the fact that most people still lacked drinking water. They claimed support from at least 70 percent of the Baloch population (“Whenever the BLA fires a rocket, it’s the talk of the bazaars”). They also claimed to be united, and in coordination with Iranian Balochis. And they insisted that “Pakistan had turned Balochistan into a US cantonment, which affected a lot the relationship between the Afghan and Baloch peoples.”
Two decades later, and after the whole ISIS saga in Syria and Iraq, it’s a completely different story. BLA sympathizers may still be prepared to remain within a Pakistani confederation, although with infinitely more autonomy. But now they seem to be willing to use western imperial help to strike not only at the central government in Islamabad, but also at the “near abroad” foreign profiteer (China).
After the Karachi suicide bombing, a narrative started to emerge in some Pakistani circles that Iran and India were in cahoots to destabilize Balochistan.
That makes absolutely no sense. Both Tehran and Islamabad are tightly linked to Beijing through several nodes of the New Silk Roads. Iran would draw less than zero benefit to collude with India to destabilize an area that borders Afghanistan, especially when the SCO is fully engaged in incorporating Kabul into the Eurasia integration process. Moreover, the IPI has its best chances ever to come to fruition in the near future, consolidating an umbilical cord from Southwest Asia to South Asia.
During the late years of Barack Obama’s administration, the BLA, though still a fringe group with a political wing and a military wing, was regrouping and rearming, while the chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Raisani, was suspected of being a CIA asset (there was no conclusive proof).
Already at the time, the fear in Islamabad was that the government had taken its eye off the Balochistan ball – and that the BLA was about to be effectively used by the US for balkanization purposes. That seems to be the picture right now. Yet the heart of the matter – glaringly expressed by the Karachi suicide bombing – is that Islamabad still remains impervious to the key Baloch grievance: we want to profit from our natural wealth, and we want autonomy.
Washington welcome every terrorist fighting against Eurasian economic and political integration. They are ready to pay billions to destroy it.
Remember Raymond Davis, the American mercenary (terrorist) who was caught in Pakistan after killing a Pakistani ? The US immediately put enormous pressure on Pakistan to let go Raymond and threatened of dire consequences. American Raymond Davis obviously was carrying out sneak terror attacks on Pakistani soil to destabilize Pakistan and break it from within, with the ultimate goal of dismantling Pakistan’s nuclear weapons
We don’t know how many American mercenaries/well trained terrorists are carrying out terror attacks inside Pakistan and Afghanistan.
India too has planted it’s agent’s in Balochistan and carried out many attacks on Pakistan. India has invested a lot in Balochistan and Afghanistan for it’s covert operations.
It is highly possible that this well educated lady was used as a delivery to without her knowledge, by handing a concealed bomb parcel disguised as some other educational material and using remote controlled detonation. Anything is possible with the Evil West.
My presumption is that the lady bomber was an innocent, unwilling, unknowing candidate used as a patsy.
When Pakistan itself runs terrorist (so called “prescribed”) organizations as an industry, it doesn’t need external forces to execute these attacks.
Great information and insightful presentation. Pepe keeps ’em coming.
Appears that this area of the world is primed for a resource backed currency and resource backed collateral banking system versus the failing fiat fascist finance system of the west.
The key here is who controls the local resources, particularly those which need to be extracted and refined with external investment.
It must be Iran, no doubt about it, because the US and the UK would never do such nasty things. I expect some videos now, speaking of which, whatever happened to Rita Katz? Her company produced those fantastic videos of decapitations. Impressive production values, even if some doubting Thomases quibbled on details…
Incidentally I have always wondered about some suicide bombers: did they all knowingly detonated themselves or were they told the vest was a protective anti-bullet vest, which was then remotely detonated? I wonder in this case because a middle class, educated woman, no matter how indoctrinated does not strike me as plausible volunteer to blow herself up to make a point.
Drugs? The same epinephrine the Azov’s admitted to – no fear whatsoever.
This is not new…
“Incidentally I have always wondered about some suicide bombers: did they all knowingly detonated themselves or were they told the vest was a protective anti-bullet vest, which was then remotely detonated? I wonder in this case because a middle class, educated woman, no matter how indoctrinated does not strike me as plausible volunteer to blow herself up to make a point.” This sounds very plausible I thought something similar.
Not exactly a ‘volunteer’ I expect. A nice nest egg for the family negotiated in advance with some US lackies.
An educated woman in those parts is anathema to the system, so kill 2 birds with one stone. The Saudis are pillars of democracy in their treatment of women compared to these.
Is it solely Iran who will directly fight with the satanic US empire?
If the Chinese had balls their Special Forces would identify and wipe out US assets/personnel in the vicinity. Otherwise, get the hell out because these attacks under CIA covert operations will only grow, especially as Pakistani Intelligence Services (gimme a break) take orders from Washington.
Same goes for Russia, that Command ‘nerve’ Centre in Lvov must go. Those scores of UAF command posts which have been obliterated in Donbass & other cities are controlled from Lvov. Not taking it out oozes weakness, hence further belligerence/confrontational rhetoric from Poland, openly calling for attacks on Russian interests. Poland should be terrified to use such language openly but spurred on by bravado and satanic America, they feel emboldened to do so.
All these years, POTUS after POTUS has rubber stamped these covert operations to destabilise what it can’t own and operate. Only providing them a taste of the new reality like Iran did to the US base in Iraq (mind you even they gave some forewarning ) inflicting US casualties will do from here on in. Nip it in the bud we say here, otherwise CIA jihadi terrorism will continue until morale improves.
The US funds the Pakistani military – same as Egypt – it fully controls many key assets in Pakistan.
The attack sounds racist and a punch to Pakistan government, but not like a CIA plot. Sounds like grievance and extremism.
That said. The current cabal of Straussians running the US would love instability and divisions. Historically those who control Eurasia rule the world effectively.
It’s time for Eurasia to quickly heal its internal disputes, an evil and united enemy is waiting to devour it.
But politicians are the last to see the forces that overthrow them. Secure in their fiefdoms, they believe they can talk their way out of anything.
The West is not coming for Russia alone. It is coming first to devour divide and rule Eurasia
Who told you it was a suicide bomber with a suicide vest?
How do you know that it wasn’t simply a selected target whose daily commuter pattern was studied for 2 days, a bomb was placed on their route and then remotely exploded when the selected target walked by the bomb?
Might explain why the US media in particular has so much background, pictures, terrorist affiliation and of course a convenient motive that always obliges the Empire to act arbitrarily on some policy genuinely unrelated to the terror act as retaliation like banning entire groups of people, parties, countries, issues, etc with emphasis on ‘censorship’ with legal prohibitions on it’s own Free Press or its law abiding citizens while constantly justifying the West’s slanderous hate and ignorance of Islam and Muslims.
To be brutal about this.
When Britain had such suicide bombers, and Syria, one expert noted that the heads fly off, meaning a problem in that promised Garden.
Of course no one told them about the heads…
Quote “It must be Iran, no doubt about it, because the US and the UK would never do such nasty things.”unquote.
Which world are you living in!! Or should I ask which cave !
It has all the trademarks of US/UK/Mossad covert operations. You make the US/UK saints ! Almost every terror event anywhere in the world can be safely attributed to US/Mossad and UK. These three nations have everything to gain from such attacks.
Killing the Dollar and other fiat currencies is the only solution to eliminate such covert operations.
One thing about the BRI I believe everyone is ignoring.
There are around 10,000 Walmarts in the world. A fully functioning BRI would mean roughly the equivalent of doubling, tripling, maybe even 5 times that many.
There is simply zero chance of that happening as there are not enough resources for that to happen not to mention the massive ramp up of environmental destruction that would mean.
The BRI by itself isn’t a problem, but yes there’s this huge future problem looming over the horizon if everyone in India, Pakistan, China and in fact all the people on this planet, wishes to imitate the American dream by having his/her own 4X, big house with private courtyard and swimming pool…etc. as pushed on TV screens. This is why the post WWII western/American system ought to go down, ASAP.
Maskazer – The BRI is simply a logistics solution to moving goods around much more easily to billions more people.
I am not talking about big houses or swimming pools. I am talking about everything that Walmart sells, food, clothing, appliances, air conditioners, and all the other disposable consumer goods that China manufactures.
Instead of BRI it should be a massive movement to localization of production and resilience. Dreaming I know…
The pakis (specifically the punjabi’s) are responsible for this tragedy
They treat the balochs like you mention exactly, while the bulk of land and resources are found in Balochistan
With Balochistan gone, the Durand line redrawn or eliminated, there’s only a rump of the state of Pakistan left
If PoK is ignored, it will be a tiny ass statelet that produces terrorists
Better for Pakistan to mend its ways and treat all its citizens right, if not the Baloch problem will be triggered again and again
If this thing happens as Spengler with his demographic delusion states, https://asiatimes.com/2022/04/demographics-push-china-india-russia-triple-entente/ it will be the end of Pakistan as a state and no India does not want another 220 million muslims from Pakistan or 200 million muslims from Bangladesh to make up Akaand Bharat
I guess that is why the Author is at war with Asia Times. They are decidedly anti-BRI, which simply means Empire.
Thanks for this timely report. There’s no doubt that it was the work of US seeking to hinder the Eurasian integration process. Right after Russia’s launch of SMO, there was a sudden regime change in Pakistan, were corruption is huge thanks to the global dollar mafia system designed by Washington. Unfortunately, it looks as if there’s still not enough strategic cooperation amongst the SCO countries mainly Russia, China and Iran regarding the situation in Afghanistan. It would be a good idea providing a Yuan line of credit by the SCO for use by the Taliban in return for peace corps from Russia, China, Iran, Uzbekistan, … to be stationed in Afghanistan, till an all inclusive system should become functional and not the other way around which seems to be the case now.
Chaos is so easy for the US and UK to spread.
Balkanization of all the Eurasian nations is always the goal.
The exploitation of whatever grievances exist is the switch the Hegemon flips.
Growth, mitigation of poverty, spread of literacy, uplifting of people are ground to dust under the violence through which the CIA and Mi6 specialize.
Pepe gives us two decades of facts to bring us up to speed in this illuminating article. This is his sweet spot. He knows all the movers and shakers and raw nerve endings.
The Hegemon is very far from done. Mainly, because the work it does is so easy. Kill, destroy, churn chaos.
Like an assignment from Satan himself. And they call it democracy and friendship.
I would love to see empire get its face slapped.
He’s always worthwhile reading. Hard climbing, though.
These are uighurs suicide bombers repaying erdogan/CIA for hosting sheltering them in Idlib. So far they flown from istanbul to countries north of Afghanistan, infiltrated and targeted Shia mosques. How they reached Karachi is a Pakistan intelligence failure.
A BRI Economic Platform means 8 billion people is no problem, and 20 billion easily supported.
This is actually the reason Davos et al want a Great Reset – back to 2 billion.
A lot of British Malthusians will now show their true faces here, and not even realize they are Davos running boys, and lecture Africa, India, as Obama did – to reduce energy, food.
Empire has always been about population reduction from Gilgamesh to Rome, the Khan, Venice and the City of London.
To set the story a little bit. Pakistan was/is the Ukraine of South Asia. It was created out of British India when India got it’s independence. The only real thing dividing the majority population in Pakistan from neighboring Indian regions is religion.The entire official reason for the creation of Pakistan was religion.Almost all the population in the regions that became Pakistan was Moslem,and most of India is not Moslem even though India has a huge number of Moslems among their population. What should have been done was for British India to have been federalized.Giving the regions more say in local affairs and giving the minority Moslem regions a feeling of security. But the British wanted to play “divide and rule” in India. And with the help of Moslem and non-Moslem Indian political leaders allowed the creation of an “anti-India” in what’s now Pakistan.Just as the fall of the USSR created the “anti-Russia” out of Ukraine.
Until the pro-Western leadership and “deep state” (i.e.the military) in Pakistan is purged of Western control,Pakistan is a lost case for China (and Russia).Again,the same is true for Ukraine today. It doesn’t matter how much Pakistan and China benefit economically from their relationship.As we see today with Germany and Russia’s relationship.The US/West has the power to destroy it. China needs to scale back it’s hopes for their relationship with Pakistan.And not throw its money down the drain. For as long as the West calls the shots there,China will lose out. Take that money and use it in Afghanistan and Iran.Building firm economic ties with those countries. And maybe use some money to help elements in Pakistan that want to break the West’s power over them.Perhaps such as Imran Khan.
Pakistan is make up of three main regions the, Northwest which is heavily Patan (Afghan for short). The Southwest heavily Balochi as the article talked about. And all the rest of the country (the majority) is ethnically inseparable except for religion from adjacent regions of India. And it would benefit greatly from the federalization I advocated for British India at independence.The lack of that is a great deal of the cause for Pakistan’s current regional problems. Once again as the similar lack of that in Ukraine first caused the crisis we see today there.
Thanks for the historical contextualization and analogy.
Very enlightening. Thanks
“China needs to scale back it’s hopes for their relationship with Pakistan.And not throw its money down the drain.”
Quote from David P. Goldman of Asia Times, which Pepe Escobar is at war with.
There are few books I could recommend to correct your ideas.
People also hope that Imran Khan will turn things around by a magic wand. Ain’t gonna happen!
Welcome to the age of activism, virtue signaling, political correctness, uncontrolled MSM hysteria. Governance of these places is only going downwards thanks to ignorant, finger-pointing youth of today.
British didn’t divide India/Pakistan/Bangladesh, Indians did. They sold their population some hope for future. Out of many virtues of nation states there is an inherent vice – rule of ethnic majority over all other ethnic minorities.
If you have to look at a nation’s future regardless of structure of governance, look at its youth. Do you really think these coca-cola-drinking, mcdonald-eating, 4x- driving, netflix-watching, finger-pointing youth is up to any good?
Great insight as always Mr Escobar. Terms like “pipelinistan” and “forever wars” have summed up so many scattered pieces of information into a summary it’s unbeatable.
There are a few things people need to consider when explaining situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and their stability.
– Population explosion in this century within that region makes it impossible to make any substantial progress.
– These countries’ dependence on oil/gas imports, lowering of soil quality for agriculture, and growing consumption habits will continue to add to their problems given that the majority of population in all these countries has depended on agriculture instead of industry throughout ages. There are exceptions, like everywhere in life.
– Majority of population is uneducated. They cannot pay back anything to China whatever they’ve borrowed in investment. Chinese model of industrialization cannot work there for many reasons obvious to experts in politics.
– Mineral wealth is all great, but you cannot do anything with it. There are some fools who still sell the idea that these minerals pay back for investments. They are not an alternate to economic output no matter how you look at it. It’s an ignorant rant if not a bluff.
These countries lack people with expertise; lack any viable industry outside of food/agriculture (like industries of Japan, Germany, China). Their focus is on consumption, rather than saving anything for their collective good.
If there was any hope for them it was destroyed in past 20 years of Forever War.
These incidents Pepe has mentioned do have tendency to be foreign-controlled, but they do not change the bigger picture. Bigger picture is really of hopelessness and no vision for future of their society and coming generations. There is nothing left to build on, hence looking outward at outlandish projects and investments.
There is no broom in the world large enough to clean the mess America has left behind.
There was no broom to clear up the mess of the Neolithics – except we moved to metal from stone.
No going back, even with stony statements.
The mess of the chemical age is smelly, and then we do fusion.
That’s what we do!
you and Syed,
fair comments. So melting rocks changed the world forever, way back in the day?
maybe so, but I think more greed and mass-control urges have catapulted us beyond that scenario.
it’s interesting Syed the way you talk on these base-consumers, I do concur but what is their fate?
the future..?…. and it was not mere yankess, but all their old world cousins, persisting still.
we do need a reset as all we are doing is hastening demise, under current duress granted, but fundamentally… fake life, using up real Life, google cubed. This model is absurd and horrific. cannot persist.
but who created this absurdity? Them, the same feudal scum that destroyed organic life..
god help us, and sharpen up dem blades
The US Hegemon’s Purpose: to keep the very wealthy few loaded with billions of dollar profits. Can you imagine any hegemon from the past as brutal as what the US has become? We can’t and we’ve studied every hegemon since ancient times. (And, yes, that includes The Roman Empire and before.)
Suicide bombers = mind control technology in most cases (research MK-Ultra as a starting point).
This dear woman has been used as a proxy to further the agenda of the few.
World war, whether economic or kinetic, and the death of the dollar as the global reserve currency is a perfect excuse for the “rational” introduction of a global financial oligarchy.
Everything works according to their plan.
The BLA attack took place on Tuesday April 26. The Minister of Defense of the People’s Republic of China, General Wei Fenghe, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday morning to hold talks with the officials of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And China for the first time has set up a true military and defense cooperation called the Resistance Front which includes Russia.
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1. Although today the first principle in relations between countries is cooperation in the political and economic spheres, but these interactions without the provision of a secure security environment, basically either do not take shape or will not have reliable stability.
2. The political and military developments in Ukraine, which have become an unprecedented international crisis since World War II with the indirect entry of the United States and the West into the military confrontation with Russia, are also a very important issue whose direct and indirect effects are security relations and equations in the region. It will affect Central Asia is one of the most important issues that must be addressed from now on to manage its possible effects.
3. According to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the arms embargo on Iran has been lifted since October 2020, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a country with significant indigenous capabilities in the design and construction of defense and military weapons, can purchase without obstacles in the process, following arms sales with different countries.
4. The Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Tehran also plays a decisive role in completing the mentioned strategy as an important step in this direction.
This approach is based solely on the development of defense and security relations with China, Russia, or the Resistance Front,.
Publish Date : 2022/04/30 07:51
Strategic goals of the Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Tehran
Strategic goals of the Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Tehran
Emphasizing the direct connection between the Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to the implementation of the 25-year-old joint roadmap between Iran and China and trying to induce the erroneous statement that this roadmap is of a military nature is one of the psychological tricks in the main focus of Western media.
NOURNEWS – The Minister of Defense of the People’s Republic of China, General Wei Fenghe, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday morning to hold talks with the officials of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In examining the dimensions of this important trip, it is important to pay attention to the goals pursued by the two countries in the development of military and defense cooperation.
Iran and China, as two regional powers, have significant indigenous defense capabilities, and the increase in the development of this capability can be an important component in pursuing the defense goals of the two countries.
According to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the arms embargo on Iran has been lifted since October 2020, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a country with significant indigenous capabilities in the design and construction of defense and military weapons, can purchase without obstacles in the process, following arms sales with different countries.
Given the history of defense and armaments cooperation between Iran and China and the desire of the two countries to revive the past trend, the establishment of new relations in this sector is one of the important priorities of the defense sector.
In this regard, due to the wide-ranging political and security developments that have taken place in the Persian Gulf region in recent years, especially the expulsion of the American occupiers from Afghanistan, new needs have arisen in Iran’s security environment. It has made a military like Chinese inevitable in the context of common goals and interests.
The series of political, security, and military events after the US expulsion from the region show the fact that Washington, with the participation of Britain, seeks to establish new military relations in the region, the main focus of which is to contain independent countries and offer a new role to the evil Zionist regime.
The political and military developments in Ukraine, which have become an unprecedented international crisis since World War II with the indirect entry of the United States and the West into the military confrontation with Russia, are also a very important issue whose direct and indirect effects are security relations and equations in the region. It will affect Central Asia is one of the most important issues that must be addressed from now on to manage its possible effects.
Given Iran’s consistent strategy of pursuing active security and defense diplomacy with its neighbors and regional powers, increasing defense interactions with China can be a precautionary measure against foreign intervention in the region while enhancing the two countries’ common understanding of regional developments and increasing synergy.
In this regard, especially since the inauguration of the 13th administration with the activation of Iran’s defense diplomacy and the development of relations with countries in the region, new measures have been defined to reach new defense agreements and create military integration based on regional military and security capabilities.
The visit of General Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, to Pakistan and Russia and the ongoing consultations at various levels of defense and security with Iraq, Turkey, Syria, etc. can also be evaluated in this context.
The Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Tehran also plays a decisive role in completing the mentioned strategy as an important step in this direction.
This approach is based solely on the development of defense and security relations with China, Russia, or the Resistance Front, contrary to the claims of the West which is trying to prevent the formation of a defense front against Western influence, especially the US, in the region. But Iran, by presenting the “Hormoz Peace Initiative” plan, had long ago announced its readiness and interest in cooperating with its Arab neighbors in the southern part of the Persian Gulf.
The point is that; Although today the first principle in relations between countries is cooperation in the political and economic spheres, but these interactions without the provision of a secure security environment, basically either do not take shape or will not have reliable stability.
During the years of presence of the occupiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, due to their critical approach, favorable economic interactions between neighbors were not practically formed.
Another point that needs to be considered about the Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Tehran and, of course, the approach of other countries to the development of defense relations with the Islamic Republic is the false claim of Iran’s isolation that the West, especially the United States, seeks to induce.
Iran’s defense cooperation with major military powers such as China and Russia shows that the United States has failed to pursue a unilateral policy of circumventing Security Council resolutions and pursuing a policy of maximum sanctions and pressure, and has failed to impose its will on independent states.
The comprehensive efforts of the Western media to divert public opinion from the real goals and approaches of the Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Iran and the deliberate lies to provoke public opinion at home should also be considered in this context.
Emphasizing the direct connection of this trip to the implementation of the 25-year joint cooperation roadmap between Iran and China and trying to induce the false statement that this roadmap is of a military nature is one of the psychological tricks that has become the main focus of Western media information in this regard.
Meanwhile, the roadmap for 25-year cooperation between Iran and China has a completely economic and trade content, and according to it, various agreements between the two countries should be prepared and signed and implemented after the legal process.
Certainly, the continuation of the unrealistic atmosphere of the Western media, which in the past made ridiculous claims claiming the transfer of Kish to the Chinese for the establishment of a military base and the like, could not affect the will of the two countries to realize extensive capacities of cooperation in political and economic dimensions, and being effective in trade and defense, and the smart process that has begun in recent months, especially after Iran’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, will continue with double seriousness and determination.
BY: Mohammad Ghaderi
The suicide bomber likely suffered some form of mental illness..
“Shaari Baloch was a schoolteacher with a Zoology degree, enrolled to pursue a second Master’s degree, married to a dentist and professor at Makran Medical College in her hometown of Turbat, in southern Balochistan. Her three brothers include a doctor, a deputy director at a government-funded project, and a civil servant.”
Yet she detonated her suicide vest.
In universities where I worked, I have known one head of Dept who jumped from a high window but fortunately only broke his leg (looking very embarrassed afterwards), and one who succeeded to commit suicide. Both of them very likeable men and highly respected colleagues.
God alone can peer into the dark places of the soul, and accompany us on our last step out of this life.
But on the political level, suicide bombers are not effective; as Israel showed. Sarajevo only worked because Great Britain’s Foreign and Colonial Office already had the slogan: Mesopotamia=Oil; Serbia=Gateway to Mesopotamia. Britain and France were thorough militarised before Britain, France and Russia declareh war on Germany and Turkey in 1914. I do not see the same degree of forward planning and military readiness by the NATZO powers against China, Russia and Iran. Also, other countries have taken note that a NATZO “colour revolution” or a “cookie coup” does not work out well for the country concerned (Georgia and Ukraine).
This lady was tied to the passenger seat of the car and an explosive vest put on her. Thanks to Pepe you can ascertain how the optics of her ethnicity and the victims of her explosion are digested.
But she was just another victim of the same aggressors that torment this world from Jerusalem to to Palmyra to Azovstal.
Enemies of a united humanity.
Frankenstein monster has gone completely berserk. Given the imminent ignominy of Dollar and Dollar economy, it is hitting out at everyone and everything. Senate is expected to pass a bill that will allow the Empire of lies to go on rampage against OPEC+ economically and militarily(Piracy ala that which was carried out against Iran and Venezuela and Russia.) A lot of countries are going to find out that keeping their reserves with US is as good as giving it to robbers. I believe a lot of countries are going to delink from Dollar and Dollar economy. The lines are clearly drawn. Anglo-saxon Kleptos on one side and the 80% of the world on the other side.
//The bipartisan NOPEC bill would change U.S. antitrust law to revoke the sovereign immunity that has long protected OPEC and its national oil companies from lawsuits.
If signed into law, the U.S. attorney general would gain the ability to sue the oil cartel or its members, such as Saudi Arabia, in federal court. Other producers like Russia, which works with OPEC in wider group known as OPEC+ to withhold output, could also be sued.//