Iran is Expecting to Join BRICS
According to a report by Iranian media outlet ISNA published on February 14, 2023, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised the role China has played in helping Iran join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Raisi also expressed hope for China’s support for Iran’s accession into BRICS (an association made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
“The Iranian president has set off for a visit to China for the first time in the past 20 years,” ISNA recounted. “Iran highly values China’s role in <…> Iran’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and hopes for Beijing’s assistance in joining the BRICS.”
“On the other hand, for China, Iran is a country which plays an important role in the implementation of the New Silk Road project,” it highlighted. “Iran’s geopolitical location and its control over the Strait of Hormuz are crucial for ensuring energy exports from the Gulf region.”
“The president’s visit is a turning point in the process of the development of relations between Iran and China as two leading nations and two serious players in the regional and international arena,” the agency stated. “This is a good opportunity to give a fresh impetus to the implementation of the 25-year bilateral agreement on comprehensive cooperation.”
“China is Iran’s largest trade partner and our ties are expanding,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the Iran-China Friendship Association, stated. “China is among those countries that have historically maintained good relations with Iran.”
According to the Mehr agency, during the first 10 months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2022 to January 20, 2023), commerce with China reached $25.3 billion dollars, which has leapfrogged Iran’s trade with the United Arab Emirates ($19.8 billion) and Turkey ($11.7 billion).
Chinese-Iranian relations will only grow stronger in the world of multipolarity. With how woke and ornery American foreign policy has become, many countries across the Orient will start pacting with one another to balance against US overreach. The days of the US just pushing countries around is over.
It’s time for America to come back home and start focusing on domestic issues while promoting a foreign policy of peace and prosperity in its historical sphere of influence in the Western Hemisphere.