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Hossein Zareian | February 15, 2016
Extremism in Asia
 

Quite beneficial, the more China imposes such new order effectively, the more it creates strategic openings for countries like Iran, who are dissatisfied with status quo and constantly seeking new structural opportunities.
In recent years, Chinese foreign policy development has indicated a paradigm shift, to the detriment of current order. Investing in institution-building and establishing (economic) structures such as Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Silk Road Economic Belt, to name but few, show how China is attempting to reregulate regional and international order. Quite beneficial, the more China imposes such new order effectively, the more it creates strategic openings for countries like Iran, who are dissatisfied with status quo and constantly seeking new structural opportunities. In clear terms, such Chinese endeavor in transforming the international order necessitates developing strategic alliance with Iran and Russia. Thus, translating china’s new requirement into securing Iran’s national interest is of utmost importance. Needles to say, Iranian public attitudes towards China need to change, if both countries are after a strategic partnership. Since Iranian definition of China is based upon its low-quality goods, track II diplomacy and expansion of cultural relations between two countries should be on top of agenda not only to mar Iranian negative image, but to pave the way for a strategically lasting relationship.
Hossein Zarian is a visiting fellow at Iras Institute.
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