Mutually Beneficial, A Dependency On Iranian Oil For Beijing 's Policy Decisions Before

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mutually beneficial, a dependency on Iranian oil for Beijing’s policy decisions vanished and can no longer be used as a valid argument to analyze China’s decision-making process from 2004 until the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as authors such as Dorraj and Currier or Kozhanov did. In January 2005, Bush repeatedly warned, that military action against Iran was likely, hence increased Beijing’s fear for regime-change, particularly since the IAEA inspectors visited the Parchin military complex, believing that they saw the whole side of high-explosive tests related to nuclear weapons research. However, Tehran unknowingly only gave partial access to the side, thus no evidence was found by the IAEA inspectors. In order to prevent Iran…show more content…
Nevertheless, China also had to maintain stable relations with the U.S. in order to keep a favorable macro-environment for economic growth, resulting in a balancing strategy to maintain good relations with all parties concerned. However, not only Iran’s nuclear activities catered for suspicion among the international community. Ahmadinejad’s exclamation, to “wipe Israel off the map” particularly affected the U.S. approach, with Israel being the U.S. most important ally in the region. Even though China was forced to ban military trade with Israel in the beginning of 2005 due to U.S. pressure and with the same reason it already happened during the late 1990’s, Ahmadinejad’s choice of words made China increasingly critical, stating that Israel’s sovereignty has to be respected and that it would not tolerate anything that could alter the stability in the Middle East. At the same time, China progressively opened its borders for the Gulf states, resulting in four rounds of negotiations in the beginning of 2006 regarding customs, trade remedies and trade of goods. The results of these negotiations, a reduction of import tariffs and accelerating oil relations, made China increasingly independent from its trade with Iran, but maintained a close and supportive relationship to it. Consequently, China slowly replaced the United States as a trustworthy, at least trade wise, partner of Saudi Arabia by offering economic incentives paired with

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