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·         China, Russia and US: New Power Dynamics in Middle East After Soleimani’s Death

Iraq emerges as a new battleground of geopolitical opportunities

 

·         China’s concentration camps are underreported

… The situation in the Middle East is unarguably catching the eyes of most people, but there is a different situation going on in China that has resulted in the loss of life of a number of innocent people… 

 

 

 

China, Russia and US: New Power Dynamics in Middle East After Soleimani’s Death

Iraq emerges as a new battleground of geopolitical opportunities

 

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times

January 12, 2020

 

The power dynamics in the Middle East after Qassim Soleimani’s death are likely to be redrawn between Iran, China, and Russia vis-a-vis the United States. Added to this paradigm is Iraq—sandwiched between the United States and Iran and increasingly being pushed toward China, according to geopolitical analysts who study the region.

 

“Frankly, the Iranian government will remain closer to Beijing than ever before. Because Tehran knows well that Russia could not be the only balance of power vis-à-vis the American hegemony in the Middle East,” Esra Serim, a Turkish analyst based in France, told The Epoch Times in an email.

 

Serim believes that Tehran needs the presence and support of both Russia and China following Soleimani’s death to “counterbalance Washington and Tel-Aviv in the region.”

 

“In addition to the economic relationship between Iran and Russia/China, Tehran also has robust military relationships with them, such as transference of military technology and equipment, and even infrastructure services to Iran’s nuclear facilities,” she said of the already existing relationship.

 

Kanishkan Sathasivam, a Massachusetts based Geopolitical analyst, told The Epoch Times that he expects a notable improvement in Iran’s relationship with China after Soleimani’s death, but it’s Iraq that is a greater emerging opportunity for both China and Russia.

 

“I would expect a significant upgrade in their relations,” said Sathasivam.

 

“By contrast, Iraq is a more open opportunity because it is an adversary state [to] the U.S., whose influence China would be supplanting. So, my expectation is that both Russia and China will now make a huge play for influence with the Iraqi government, offering themselves as a viable alternative to the U.S.,” he said.

 

Sam Bazzi, a Lebanese Middle East expert based in the United States, told The Epoch Times in a written interview that both Iran and Iraq will increasingly need China after Soleimani’s death because only it can come to their rescue in the face of increasing U.S. economic sanctions.

 

“The advantage that China offers is its willingness to engage in barter and exchange oil for the implementation of major projects such as reconstruction, infrastructure development, and industrialization, at a relatively low cost (in terms of oil value),” he said.

 

China and Iran recently found another way of bypassing the U.S. sanctions—last year China signed a multi-decade oil-supply deal that would inject $280 billion in the Iranian petrochemical industry—all to be paid in Chinese Yuan, thus bypassing the established petrodollar system, reported The Telegraph.

 

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China’s concentration camps are underreported

 

Christian Finch, Opinion, The Crimson White (U of Alabama) 

January 13, 2020

 

With everyone’s eyes on Iran and Iraq, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the situation has gone from volatile to violent. While there haven’t been any American casualties reported at the time in which this column is being written, we can only hope for a swift de-escalation before the situation gets worse. The situation in the Middle East is unarguably catching the eyes of most people, but there is a different situation going on in China that has resulted in the loss of life of a number of innocent people.

 

The People’s Republic of China has, over the past few years, been targeting and capturing large portions of their internal Muslim population and sending them to what can only be described as modern-day concentration camps. In these camps, prisoners – or what the Chinese government refers to as “trainees” – are placed in crowded locations that are reported to have extremely poor hygiene practices, as reported by Business Insider interviewee Sayragul Sauytbay. She later went on to report that Muslims in these camps are forced to eat pork as a means of insulting their religion. But the atrocities that take place in these camps go further. There have been reports from Sauytbay and a large number of other outlets such as “Haaretz” and “The Believer” that these camps and their guards are performing medical human experimentation on the prisoners as well as extreme physical punishment. Some of the most morally decrepit acts have been reported to be abuse by the guards, forced abortions and forced contraceptives and experimentation resulting in impotence. A number of reports were even made at the UN Human Rights Council in September about organ harvesting from the inmates.

 

Needless to say that if even half of these accusations are true (and I am inclined to believe that all of them are), then we are dealing with a level of human rights abuses that have not been seen for decades and could be compared to the abuses undertaken by Nazi Germany. Of course, the Chinese government fully denies any and all accusations of misconduct in this regard and claims that these institutions are “educational and vocational centers meant to help the state counter terrorism.” This was the statement made to “Reuters” by the Chinese government. There are further reports of inmates leaving the camps and being sent to forced manual labor camps that aren’t much better than where they left. The question now becomes “What can countries do about this?” This question holds grave importance since China will be the world stage for the Winter 2022 Olympics, which will certainly bring more international scrutiny directed at the authoritarian country.

 

 The bleakest part...

 

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