Strategic Council Online: An expert on Russian affairs, said that China and Russia not only have opposing interests sometimes but could be rivals on other times. “Although the leaders of the two countries term ties as strategic but in the opinion of theorists China-Russia relations are not strategic.”
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Eurasia affairs says Russia’s deployment of hypersonic missiles is a reaction to US moves, adding that the Russians are extremely cautious not to enter a new arms race with the United States; Nevertheless, they would invest in areas which would have significant advantages for them and the Americans would not be able to achieve the technology for years to come.
Strategic Council Online: The coordinated participation of China, Russia and Iran in a joint naval drill illustrates a common understanding among the high-ranking officials of the three countries of the potential threats and can be seen as a step towards shaping a multipolar world order in the future as well as new security strategies in the region.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Former Director of Afghanistan Affairs Department at IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the US President’s unannounced visit to Afghanistan and presence at Bagram military base was an unusual act contrary to the independence of an independent state. He added: Although the US claims that talks to reach a peace deal are on track, but they are unlikely to have a tangible outcome in the current situation, and after Trump’s trip to Afghanistan, Taliban officials have said they are not ready for peace talks unless an agreement is signed.
Strategic Council Online: The United States has shown in different terms, especially under Donald Trump that it does not regard Europe a close ally; withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, pulling out of many trade treaties, and leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) contrary to the wishes of European governments indicates that the political and historical bonds between the two sides of the Atlantic are fading, because their common interests have diminished.
Morteza Makki – European Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said with the decline in America’s hegemony in international system, the geopolitical competition will return to Europe. He added it was likely to see past competitions revived between Germany and Britain, and Germany and France in a not too distant future.
Strategic Council Online: Holding the first Russia-Africa summit conference dubbed “Summit and Economic Forum Russia-Africa” can provide a forum for positive developments in Russian-African relations, although in this way the US and China both are competitors and, of course, serious obstacles in the way of Russian influence in Africa.
Ahmad Vakhshiteh – Russian Affairs Analyst
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says if we ignore direct US trade war with China, coalition of China, Russia and Iran shows that US interests are weakening. “This has prompted the United States to engage in adventurism in Hong Kong as a region very far away.”
Strategic Council Online: US President Donald Trump believes that globalization has weakened America and this trend would continue if it is not stopped.
Dr. Abdolreza Farajirad – Geopolitics Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to China says given China’s capabilities and its willingness to counter US demands, the opportunity for cooperation between Tehran and Beijing has increased in certain contexts.
Strategic Council Online: The most important cooperation potentials of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are: RCEP’s significant contribution to the global economy, the common interests of certain member states of both organizations in trade and economic war with the United States, and RCEP’s open doors to admit other economic organizations.
Strategic Council Online: If China reduces its investments and deposits in the United States it will inflict great losses on Washington; therefore, before this happens, Trump will be forced to make a compromise with China.
Ismail Bashari – China Affairs Expert
The international system during the past few decades has witnessed the steady rise of China as a new great power and game-changer. For over a century the United States has possessed the world’s largest economy, but at present trajectories, China may replace it during the first half of the century and emerge as the leading economy of the world. China’s economic growth has also fueled a rapid modernization of its armed forces enabling Beijing to assert its presence more bluntly in areas of dispute especially in the Taiwan Strait and the south china sea. China’s territory size, population, Geography, vibrant economy, relative stability and growing military capabilities have all helped it to confidently elevate its international standing with improved geopolitical status enabling Beijing to establish itself as a decisive player in global affairs.
Hossein Ebrahim Khani – Former ambassador, and research fellow at the IPIS, Tehran
Strategic Council Online: Washington’s trade war with certain countries, particularly with China was the most important issue that cast a shadow on the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.
Tahmores Gholami – American Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The general American policy for the twenty-first century is to contain China economically, politically or militarily.
Ismail Bashari – China Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: America’s Trump is creating a revolution in the current order of the world, so that it can reconsolidate its dominant position in the international system by relying on strong support, regulating the domestic infrastructures, strengthening the national economy and reducing the costs, and preventing emergence of a challenging competitor like China.
Dr Saeed Shokouhi – American Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Given its domestic needs and possible problems ahead, Beijing, in the short term, while managing relations with the US, seeks to avoid further tensions in these relations, preferring to serve its economic interests even in the event of a change of government in Caracas. Therefore, China will continue to focus on political action and the formation of international groups supporting the Maduro government and will refrain from sending troops to America’s backyard.
Assadollah Kaveh – East Asian Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The US-China differences are not limited to Latin America alone, and there are rivalries in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea as well.
Ismail Bashari – East Asian Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The latest US Missile Defense Review was unveiled in 2010, and a new version of the MDR has been released these days by Donald Trump.