China Is Fueling Hamas Attacks

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One of China’s most insidious tactics in its all-out war with the United States is to cast itself as a peacemaker, claiming that the United States has fomented conflict. Beijing spreads this false narrative even as it stokes the flames.

This Chinese doublespeak was evident at the virtual BRICS summit last week during the presidency. Xi Jinping He proposed a six-point plan To permanently end the war in Gaza. The Chinese ruler called for “an end to violence and violence against civilians”, “humanitarian ways” and more aid to Gaza, “the establishment of an independent Palestinian state”, and an “international peace conference”. “Approving the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council and implementing “practical measures to prevent the occurrence of conflict and endanger stability in the Middle East in general.”

Many foreign observers are buying Beijing’s China-needs-peace propaganda line. “This is the system China wants in the Middle East.” He wrote Omar Aziz, Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser Justin TrudeauGovernment, by Globe and letter. A regional war is not good for China if it wants to grow economically and establish its own territory, especially Taiwan.

However, Xi Jinping does not promote peace in the Middle East. Instead, the war continues. China’s actions in recent years show that not only has China been pushing for war in the Middle East, it knows that it is doing so. After all, China has consistently supported Iran’s militant Shiite government, which openly talks about war and works to destabilize Sunni governments in the Gulf region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been supporting Iran’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons for decades. Iran received Chinese uranium enrichment technology and equipment through Pakistan’s Aki Khan nuclear-black market ring sponsored by China. And China-proxy North Korea can never transfer ballistic missiles to Iran without China’s consent, something it has done consistently in recent decades.

Moreover, China is supplying weapons used by proxies of the Islamic Republic. For example, Hamas It seems to contain old weapons made in China, will be supplied by Iran. Likewise, the US Navy in 2021 and this year During the transition to the Houthi militia, Chinese weapons were captured Yemen, another Iranian proxy. Richard Fisher, a China military analyst at the Center for International Assessment and Strategy, told me that Beijing is supplying weapons to Hezbollah, Iran’s third main agent.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a reception at Xijiao State Guesthouse in Shanghai.
Kenzaburo Fukuhara/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Iran’s weapons are filled with Chinese goods. What China has to offer. Wall Street Journal It has been named. “Building Blocks” for Tehran’s Drone Program. In April, Ukraine downed an Iranian Shahid-136 drone operated by Russia. The device contained a voltage converter that appeared to be made in China in January. Both United Nations And the Wisconsin Nuclear Arms Control Project reported Chinese involvement in Iran’s weapons programs.

The Islamic Republic cannot operate drones and other basic weapons. “Iran doesn’t make any chips that go into any of its weapons,” Raj Dutt, CEO of Culver City, Calif., a U.S. defense contractor that makes advanced integrated circuits, told me last week. His chips seem to come from all over Asia, including China.

Above all, China has fully supported Iran’s economy. China’s purchase of Iranian oil in the first nine months of this year In 2017, it was over 60 percent.Last year before the United States reimposed sanctions on such purchases.

China, on the other hand, views Iran as its proxy. Not only does Tehran unsettle America’s Sunni allies in the region, it also promotes a narrative that Beijing is a champion of the “Global South.” Moreover, Iran’s location is crucial for Chinese strategists. “Beijing needs Iran to provide an important land bridge to the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, as well as to the Indian Ocean,” said Gregory Copley, president and editor-in-chief of the International Association for Strategic Studies. Strategic policy of defense and foreign affairsHe told me this month.

It’s no surprise, then, that Beijing and Tehran signed a 25-year, $400 billion “comprehensive cooperation agreement” by 2021. And in February, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited Beijing. 20 agreements and memorandums of understanding have been signed on various issues including business.

Although China has often reneged on its investment promises to Tehran, Copley said Beijing has strengthened its ties to Iran’s economy. China was an Islamic republic. The largest trading partner for 10 consecutive years, bilateral trade rose 7 percent last year..

Beijing’s support is public. Since the beginning of the October 7 conflict, Beijing has provided Hamas with intensive diplomatic and enthusiastic propaganda support. Last week, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi They call the Arabs “our brothers and sisters”. Indeed, the ongoing war has served China’s interests. Preventing Israel and Saudi Arabia from signing a “normalization” agreementThis reduces Beijing’s importance to the House of Saud.

So far the Biden administration He tried to get China to rule over Iran.Something clear when he was the president Joe Biden Earlier this month, we met with Xi in San Francisco. Strengthening China’s role, however, is strongly against America’s interests.

China has made it clear that it supports the brutality of Hamas. Therefore, Washington’s policy should be to weaken China’s bad influence in the region and seek to eliminate that terrorist group completely. The end of Hamas will go a long way toward humiliating Iran, but it will also help prevent China from making dangerous designs in the neighborhood and the wider world.

Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Recently Untied China Goes to War. By X, formerly of Twitter, @Gordon Chang.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author.