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2011 Joint Area Centers Symposium <br/> Session 5: Iran, Africa, and China <br/> <br/> "China-Iran Relations" <br/> John W. Garver (Georgia Institute of Technology) <br/><br/> Chair: Poshek Fu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) <br/><br/> China values its relation with Iran, seeing Iran not only as a major energy supplier but as a rising regional power with many common interests, convergent perspectives, and with a very long history of cooperation with China. Beijing seeks to build with Iran a relation similar to the one it has with Pakistan --- transcending domestic regimes and based on “mutual understanding and trust.” China accrues political capital in Tehran by giving Iran a significant element of support in IAEA and U.N. Security Council debates over Iran’s nuclear programs, i.e. by helping protect Iran from strong sanctions urged by the United States. Beijing has used this political capital to become, by 2007-09, Iran’s major foreign partner in energy development. At the same time, China sees its relations with the U.S. as trumping China’s ties with Iran. Sino-U.S. comity underpins China’s remarkably successful post-1978 development drive, and Beijing recognizes that collapse of that comity could very seriously and adversely affect that drive. Thus Beijing maneuvers carefully to avoid “confronting” the U.S. over Iran. Chinese policy thus oscillates between tilting toward Washington and finding ways to support Tehran. This oscillation furthers Chinese interests with both the U.S. and Iran, but it satisfies neither. An alternate approach would be to use China’s good offices with Tehran and Washington, backed by China’s growing influence in the world, to mediate Iran-U.S. relations. During the 2009 outreach by the Obama Administration toward Iran, China in fact undertook such a mediation effort.
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