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China-Iran Strategic Partnership & its Implications on Regional and Global Alliances

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On July 11, 2020, the New York Times published for the first time the news of the 25-year Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between China and Iran. According to reports, the agreement covers 100 different projects between the two countries, especially in the economic and political spheres. The preamble to the agreement states, “The two ancient Asian cultures (Iran and China) share a common vision in the fields of trade, economy, politics, culture, and security, as two partners with multiple mutual and multilateral interests will consider a strategic partnership with each other.”

It is important to note that although its full details have not yet come to light, it was laid during the 2016 visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Iran. Before examining the implications of this agreement, it is important to review its key points.

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First, the deal is worth about $400 Billion. Of this, $270 billion is expected to be spent by China on Iran’s energy sector, while $120 billion is expected to be spent on industry and transportation.

Second, the agreement addresses Iran’s economic problems, which it faced in the form of sanctions following the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018. The most important of which is the rise in unemployment.

Third, Iran will supply oil to China at a special discount for 25 years (which is a long time), which will meet China’s energy needs.

Fourth, under the same plan, China is likely to introduce a new currency, the ERMB, to counter the US dollar’s international economic monopoly.

Fifth, the agreement is not limited to China and Iran but is an important step towards Asian unity. Because it is also hinting at meeting important commercial ports (such as Chabahar) through the Belt and Road project under CPEC. Which means Asian countries will be able to take full advantage of it in the years to come.

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The United States and European countries are concerned about the agreement and see it as a threat in the future. This is mainly due to the Asian nature of the agreement, China’s growing influence in the region, and the weakening grip of the US monopoly. However, the United States itself, due to its persistent stubbornness and non-cooperation, has attracted China and Iran to such an alliance.

In May 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and imposed international sanctions on Iran. Not only did it contradict several detailed reports from the IAEA, but it also contradicted the intentions of the European countries involved in the nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif has consistently drawn attention to this injustice at various international gatherings. He repeatedly called on Germany, Britain, and France, to play a role in the 2015 nuclear deal. Despite all these efforts, the situation for Iran became increasingly difficult and over the past three years, US aggression has continued in various forms. One of the highlights was the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani in Iraq in 2019 at the hands of the United States.

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Under these circumstances, the only way for Iran was to include a force that would ensure security in the region as well as be able to counter US monopolies and play a key role in getting Iran out of economic trouble. All of these goals could only be achieved in partnership with Iran’s China.

It is important to note that the effects of this agreement will not be limited to these two countries. First, it will put Iran in the Middle East as a balanced force against the Saudi monopoly. Until now, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been using their influence in the region for US interests, but now they seem to be competing with Iran, especially Turkey, in which countries like Pakistan and Malaysia seem to be part of the alliance.

In the times to come, as it has become clear in the aftermath of this global epidemic, China is an emerging power, while the United States is declining due to mismanagement in its internal and external affairs. Under these circumstances, it is a rare opportunity for other Asian countries, including Pakistan, and others such as Iran, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal, to break the stalemate and become a full-fledged ally in the region’s emerging alliance for economic interests.

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Russia Released the video of the “TSAR BOMBA” (King of Bombs) Explosion

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Russia has released a video of the world’s most powerful explosion, which was carried out experimentally in October 1961 during the Soviet era. It was actually a hydrogen bomb with an explosive power of 3,300 times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The bomb, dubbed the “Tsar Bomba” (King of Bombs), was dropped on an island near the North Pole and detonated in the air at an altitude of 4 km above the ground.

With an explosive power of 50 megatons (50 million tons) of TNT, this hydrogen bomb is considered to be the most powerful bomb in human history, designed by the famous Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov. This is the same Andrei Sakharov who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 after defecting from the Soviet Union.

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The 40-minute video was uploaded to YouTube by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency a few days ago, in which the countdown to the bombing begins at 22 minutes and 22 seconds:

The blast was so intense and large that it could be seen from a distance of a thousand kilometers, while its heat was felt at a distance of 250 kilometers.

The cloud formed by the explosion of this hydrogen bomb was so high that it reached an altitude of about 700 km, that is, the point where the Earth’s atmosphere ends and space begins.

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We don’t know if there is an even more powerful hydrogen bomb in the world, but we do know that it was the most powerful experimental explosion in human history.

It should be noted that the original and technical name of the hydrogen bomb is “thermonuclear bomb”, the explosion of which emits tremendous energy in the form of light, heat, and shock waves but the emission of radioactive rays is much lower than that of a normal atomic bomb.

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Father Sold his Daughter To Buy A Smartphone and Motorcycle

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We often fall in with stories on social media and news channels highlighting the brutal face of the mentally sick people of the society.

Although, the crime rate has been declined amidst the coronavirus pandemic but a few people are out there to show their bestiality to the world by committing heinous conduct.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), an average of 80 murders, 289 abductions, and 91 rapes were reported across the country in 2018 in India on a daily basis.

A new heart-wrenching incident took place in the Chikkaballhar district of India. An inexorable father sold his daughter, who was only three years old, to buy a smartphone and motorcycle.

He sold his daughter to a childless couple for INR 100,000. And he bought a smartphone for INR 15,000 and a motorcycle for INR 50,000 with the money he got.

The parents had tried to sell the baby to a family in Bengaluru when she was born, but their plan failed as the hospital authority meddled. After this, another person got the wind of the situation and made a deal with them on the behest of a childless couple in another village.

After the man used all the money, his neighbor grew skeptical, and they found out that his daughter had not been at home. They informed the police who inquired some villagers including the mother of the baby. The child welfare committee found the girl and a case has been filed against the couple.

The father took to his heel but the mother was incarcerated. The authority interrogated her and she brought to the light that her husband had intimidated her that’s why she allowed selling her daughter.

What could be the rhyme and reason that goaded the parents to sell their own blood? Either they are mentally sick or the financial problems made them sell their three years old baby.

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Why Shouldn’t Pakistan Accept Israel?

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Israel is a completely illegitimate state and was created by occupying Muslim territories. The blood of millions of Muslims was shed for the establishment of this state. Due to which the Muslim world did not establish relations with Israel and refused to recognize it, calling it an illegitimate state. But gradually some Muslim countries continued to accept it under the pressure of the USA or some personal interests. Some Muslim countries have recognized Israel while many countries have opposed this state, of which Pakistan is at the top. A few other Muslim countries also want to establish relations with Israel but have not yet dared to take such a step due to the fear of retaliation from their public. This illegitimate state of Israel was established on a purely ideological basis, so our differences with it are also ideological.

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Pakistan is also an ideological state, the ideological basis of which is only Islam. Pakistan came into existence in the name of Islam and in the name of this religion, the people here got freedom. The survival of this country also lies in protecting Islamic ideology. If we look at the relations of Pakistan with other states, then the ideology of Islam is also driven in them and we establish relations with other states on an ideological basis. One of the states’ relations is with Israel. To date, Pakistan has not recognized Israel and before the current government, no one talked about recognizing this illegitimate state, let alone thought about it. But some members of the current government have spoken out, and Asma Hadid, a female member of parliament, has openly called for recognition of Israel and has brutally distorted Islamic references.

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However, our relationship with Israel is purely ideological. Some people say that we should establish relations with Israel because it will benefit us. We should not be hostile to Israel for no reason. What has it done to us? What is our enmity with it? We must build relations with this country in view of our gains and losses. Such objections or arguments are often heard by our thinkers regarding the recognition of Israel. In the service of these gentlemen, it is kindly requested that ideology is also something. Religion, creed, and nation also have a status, Islamic brotherhood is also important topics of Islam. Should we put them all behind us for our small gain and loss? How much economic benefit will we get from establishing relations with Israel? What progress will we make? What benefits can Israel provide us that no other country is able to give us?

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We are not making progress because of our poor policies, corruption, and mistakes. This is not to blame for the deterioration of relations with Israel. By establishing relations with Israel, we will not be able to gain any material benefit because our past experiences show that we have established relations with the United States. We have relations with many other countries but we are still in turmoil. We couldn’t get anything out of anyone. Therefore, by establishing relations with Israel as well, we will not be able to achieve anything but stifling our ideology. This will only hurt the interests of the Muslim Ummah and will demoralize the countries that are against Israel.

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Therefore, we must protect our ideas and persevere them, and work with patience and perseverance in the face of any difficulties or troubles that may arise. We must put the interests of the Muslim Ummah before the petty personal interests. If all Muslim countries had taken the stand together and stood up against Israel, it would not have the courage to look up to Muslim countries today. But the Muslim countries’ own weaknesses gave it strength. Now the UAE has established relations with Israel and put back the interests of the Muslim Ummah and Islamic ideology. It remains to be seen how much they get benefits and how much relief they bring to the Palestinians.

It is futile to expect any good from non-Muslims, especially Jews and Christians. Therefore, Muslims should emphasize unity among themselves. Brotherhood and love should be promoted.

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