China, Russia’s Foreign Ministers Meet After Iranian President’s Death

‘The CCP does not want its dealings with Western countries to be undermined by Iran,’ according to a researcher.Following Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s fatal helicopter crash, the Chinese communist regime’s foreign minister Wang Yi met with Russia’s foreign minister in Kazakhstan to discuss the situation in the Middle East.Mr. Raisi’s helicopter crashed on May 19, and he was confirmed dead on May 20.Later on May 20, Mr. Wang met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a Eurasian political, economic, security, and defense organization led by China and Russia.According to the CCP’s official reports, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East during the meeting.Mr. Wang told Mr. Lavrov that both countries should prepare for more bilateral exchanges within the year, continue to increase mutual support and consolidate the basic foundation of cooperation.Related StoriesAfter Mr. Raisi’s death, both CCP leader Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed to have lost a “good friend” and praised Mr. Raisi’s role in developing the strategic partnership between the two countries.In mid-March, China, Russia, and Iran conducted joint military exercises in the Arabian Sea. China is also the largest buyer of Iranian oil.Chung Chih-tung, an assistant researcher at Taiwan’s Institute for National Defense and Security Research, told The Epoch Times on May 21 that the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers usually exchange intelligence through such meetings, and they have definitely shared their countries’ views on Mr. Raisi’s crash at this meeting.Su Tze-yun, director of the Division of Defense Strategy and Resources at Taiwan’s Institute for National Defense and Security Research told The Epoch Times that Mr. Raisi’s death will lead to some changes within Iran. “After all, there are different forces within Iran, so after the president who was more pro-China and Russia died, a new president must be elected.” Mr. Su said.“In this situation, if Iran’s diplomatic direction changes, it will certainly not be good news for Beijing and Moscow, especially since Beijing needs a lot of oil from Iran,”Mr. Chung said that Iran, like Russia, faces severe sanctions from the West, and the CCP has adopted the same two-faced approach in dealing with relations with Iran as it has with Russia.“The CCP has been using Iran to mediate issues with Arab countries and to demonstrate its influence in the Middle East. Western countries have also hoped that through its influence on Iran, China can have a so-called influence on Middle East conflicts and the issue of nuclear weapons,” he said.“It is particularly worth noting that even if the CCP and Iran have a united front, the CCP does not want to be negatively affected by Iran, because it wants to make deals with Western countries. The CCP does not want its dealings with Western countries to be undermined by Iran,” Mr. Chung added.Mr. Su said that considering the impact of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister and Hamas leaders on May 20, the new Iranian president is likely to think differently and may have a slightly softened attitude towards the West, “but he will not turn away from cooperation with the CCP and Russia. It may just ease the situation in the Middle East a little, that’s all.”An Iranian military boat patrols as a warship enters Iranian waters before the start of a joint naval drill by Iran, Russia, and China in the Indian Ocean, on March 12, 2024. (Iranian Army via AP)Mr. Chung believes that the strategic partnership and alliance between the CCP, Iran, and Russia will not change. “These three countries are basically isolated by the international community. They are teaming up for ‘warmth’. No matter who the president of Iran is, this will not change,” he said.Zhang Hong and Luo Ya contributed to this report.

China, Russia’s Foreign Ministers Meet After Iranian President’s Death

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‘The CCP does not want its dealings with Western countries to be undermined by Iran,’ according to a researcher.

Following Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s fatal helicopter crash, the Chinese communist regime’s foreign minister Wang Yi met with Russia’s foreign minister in Kazakhstan to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

Mr. Raisi’s helicopter crashed on May 19, and he was confirmed dead on May 20.

Later on May 20, Mr. Wang met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a Eurasian political, economic, security, and defense organization led by China and Russia.

According to the CCP’s official reports, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East during the meeting.

Mr. Wang told Mr. Lavrov that both countries should prepare for more bilateral exchanges within the year, continue to increase mutual support and consolidate the basic foundation of cooperation.

After Mr. Raisi’s death, both CCP leader Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed to have lost a “good friend” and praised Mr. Raisi’s role in developing the strategic partnership between the two countries.

In mid-March, China, Russia, and Iran conducted joint military exercises in the Arabian Sea. China is also the largest buyer of Iranian oil.

Chung Chih-tung, an assistant researcher at Taiwan’s Institute for National Defense and Security Research, told The Epoch Times on May 21 that the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers usually exchange intelligence through such meetings, and they have definitely shared their countries’ views on Mr. Raisi’s crash at this meeting.

Su Tze-yun, director of the Division of Defense Strategy and Resources at Taiwan’s Institute for National Defense and Security Research told The Epoch Times that Mr. Raisi’s death will lead to some changes within Iran. “After all, there are different forces within Iran, so after the president who was more pro-China and Russia died, a new president must be elected.” Mr. Su said.

“In this situation, if Iran’s diplomatic direction changes, it will certainly not be good news for Beijing and Moscow, especially since Beijing needs a lot of oil from Iran,”

Mr. Chung said that Iran, like Russia, faces severe sanctions from the West, and the CCP has adopted the same two-faced approach in dealing with relations with Iran as it has with Russia.

“The CCP has been using Iran to mediate issues with Arab countries and to demonstrate its influence in the Middle East. Western countries have also hoped that through its influence on Iran, China can have a so-called influence on Middle East conflicts and the issue of nuclear weapons,” he said.

“It is particularly worth noting that even if the CCP and Iran have a united front, the CCP does not want to be negatively affected by Iran, because it wants to make deals with Western countries. The CCP does not want its dealings with Western countries to be undermined by Iran,” Mr. Chung added.

Mr. Su said that considering the impact of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister and Hamas leaders on May 20, the new Iranian president is likely to think differently and may have a slightly softened attitude towards the West, “but he will not turn away from cooperation with the CCP and Russia. It may just ease the situation in the Middle East a little, that’s all.”

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An Iranian military boat patrols as a warship enters Iranian waters before the start of a joint naval drill by Iran, Russia, and China in the Indian Ocean, on March 12, 2024. (Iranian Army via AP)
An Iranian military boat patrols as a warship enters Iranian waters before the start of a joint naval drill by Iran, Russia, and China in the Indian Ocean, on March 12, 2024. (Iranian Army via AP)

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Mr. Chung believes that the strategic partnership and alliance between the CCP, Iran, and Russia will not change. “These three countries are basically isolated by the international community. They are teaming up for ‘warmth’. No matter who the president of Iran is, this will not change,” he said.

Zhang Hong and Luo Ya contributed to this report.

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