The Chinese have announced a Persian Gulf summit in Beijing.
China had brokered a deal to restore diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (MBS) had been begging for a summit with President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran for several months. Perhaps MBS has seen articles planted in US publications calling for a coup against him to replace him with a more democratic and western friendly prince.
Iran is a key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And Iran is a key trade partner with Russia in their Moscow Tehran rail and naval link via the Caspian Sea. The Chinese might have told the Iranians to wait for the summit in Beijing to maximize what concessions they could get from the Saudis.
Iran has already become a strategic partner of Russia and a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is a rough equivalent to NATO though they are much better armed and a lot less belligerent.
Iran was given the Russian Mach 12 Kinzhal missile which leaves a 98 foot (30 meters) deep hole where its target used to be. Iran has bought 25 SU-35 jets which are much faster than either the F-22 Raptor or the F-35. Russia is using old Iranian missiles with large warheads in the Donbass along with Iranian drones. The Iranians will be retiring those old missiles now that they have the Kinzhal. And they might use the Kinzhal’s new technology to improve their already existing Mach 14 IRBM.
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