China has taken notice of the events of the Middle East. They are encouraging the United States to listen to international law and try to avoid stoking tensions in the Persian Gulf area. China believes that any new tension in the region could escalate into chaos. The Persian Gulf has been quiet since the Persian Gulf war years ago but has recently started to flare up again given the tensions between Iran and the United States. America is also trying to help Saudi Arabia prepare for an attack from Iran.
China has used the terminology “Pandora’s box” to describe what could happen in the region if the tensions continue to mount. China is “very concerned” over the issues facing the Middle East. They believe that the tensions between the United States and Iran are just fueling a fire that is about to erupt. The latest attacks by Iran have only compounded the problem. The United States has had to deploy more troops to the area in an attempt to better protect American lives and the nation’s allies.
Wang, who is an official from China, has stated “We can on all sides to remain rational and exercise restraint, and not take any escalatory actions that irritate regional tensions, and not open a Pandora’s box. In particular, the U.S. side should alter its extreme pressure methods.”
The United States and Iran continue to blame each other for actions that are straining the relationship between the two nations. The United States has blamed Iran for the tanker attacks and Iran complains about the sanctions that have been placed on them since America pulled out of the nuclear deal last year.
Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies have backed the United States since the issues began to unfold. Right now there are over 1,000 troops ready to go over to the Middle East with an additional 1,500 ready to follow. The deployment of troops is in direct response to Iran threatening to attack American and allied targets in the Middle East.
China warns that the restraint must be in order.
Wang has stated “Any unilateral behavior has no basis in international law. Not only will it not resolve the problem, but it will also only create an even greater crisis.”
When the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal the tensions began to mount. Iran complained about the move while the United States imposed sanctions on Iran to keep them from stockpiling more uranium for nuclear weapons.
The other nations that signed the deal included Great Britain, Germany, France, China, Russia, and the European Union. All of these countries are hoping to keep the deal moving forward and avoid further tensions developing.
The deal removed sanctions that were placed on Iran before the nuclear deal took place. Once the United States pulled out they could put the sanctions back in place.
The sanctions are designed to keep Iran from selling and refining its uranium. The Trump Administration has started to allow certain nations to transact business with Iran. The sanctions also have cut the flow of cash off from Iran’s oil exports. It has reduced their ability to sell their oil to virtually nothing.
Iran has stated that it will soon reach the limited amount of uranium that they are allowed to have for trade unless something is done to allow the export of the mineral. There is fear the nuclear deal will fail if something is not accomplished soon.
The United States wants Iran to come back to the table with a willingness to deal in good faith. China has also responded to Iran and stated, “We understand that relevant parties may have different concerns but first of all the comprehensive nuclear deal should be properly implemented. We hope that Iran is cautious with its decision-making and [will] not lightly abandon this agreement.”
The President pulled the United States out of the deal because it was not a fair deal. Trump wants to make sure that American interests are fairly represented in any deal going forward.
He has only the concern of the people in mind when making the decisions that have to be made to protect the United States and their allies.