0935 GMT May 13, 2021
The remark was made by the head of the Iranian Association of Geopolitics (IAG), Hadi A’zami, in an interview with IRNA on Saturday.
He noted that China has started a number of rivalries with other world powers in recent decades, which can play a good role in promoting multilateralism in the geopolitical system dominating the world.
A’zami, who is also a professor of geopolitics at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi, added China provided a geopolitical perspective in 2013 and based on the approach, the country will be connected to the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
He added the new Silk Road project, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involves 67 countries.
Beijing gives copious amounts of loans to other countries, A’zami said, warning, however, the reimbursement may be hard for the states, making them dependent on China.
Nevertheless, he noted, China, unlike the West, pursues a different kind of globalization, making many countries consciously or unconsciously dependent on the megaproject.
Now that Beijing urges Tehran to play a role in the BRI, Iran should use its strategic position intelligently and gain good concessions, the academic said, adding although China seeks to secure its own interests, Iran and other states can use the opportunity to create a win-win situation.
Given the fact that Iran has been under US pressures placed on the country in a bid to isolate it, the Iran-China 25-year Cooperation Program seems to be a proper leverage to help the Islamic Republic get rid of the sanctions, he argued.
A’zami noted that Iran should resort to a kind of rivalry at the international arena in order to turn itself into the center of global interactions, saying, thus, Tehran is required to avoid putting all its eggs in one basket.
The transition of power from the West to the East or, in other words, turning the world into an Asia-centered one, is taking place quite obviously, he said, adding European states are concerned that they might lag behind in this process, especially in energy, tourism, dam-building and other economic sectors.
Since the Iran-China agreement can help increase the Chinese dominance in the world, the cooperation seems to be in contradiction to the interests of the US and Europe as it can bolster Tehran’s geopolitical power and help the Islamic Republic play a more active role in the region, he added.