“Jenna, we need you at table three!” A voice interrupted my thoughts. Sighing, I lifted it from my stool and went to my table. I hated my job. In fact, I didn`t like my job. The little restaurant, Ruby`s, on which I was working, was a dive. The painting on the wall was hacked and peeled. The cabin seats have holes in them and chalk marks of young children. There is always something wrong with the place, but people always seemed to come back. I think the only thing that was really good about the restaurant was the food. It was pretty good compared to the exterior/interior decoration. I have been working here for almost a year, and everything was always the same. Each year of contract begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following year. Having understood China`s balanced and mainly economic foreign policy in the Middle East, along with China`s strategic expectations of Iran, there would be sufficient reason to believe that this new 25-year agreement is nothing more than a continuation of the previous Sino-Iranian comprehensive strategic partnership and to believe that such an agreement will be strategically conservative.
At present, the most important question about China`s future policy in the Middle East is not about this agreement itself, but about China`s ability to maintain a balanced position among different blocs of regional players, as its engagement in the region deepens and expands. In the past, China has been able to maintain the balance of regional players, not least because China was not relevant in the region, but as it becomes increasingly influential as an investor, previous environments will change in the future. It remains unclear whether China can accomplish the tasks of “becoming any partner in the region,” a goal that other powerful powers have tried to achieve – and have not achieved. These assertions are either part of the political attitude of Iranian political differences in exile, which would like to describe the current Iranian regime as a “liquidation of interests to foreigners”, or are part of the general fear of Western society in favour of a so-called “aggressive Chinese expansion”. However, these assumptions are a misunderstanding of the agreement; it has no revolutionary dimension in relations between China and Iran. On the contrary, the agreement is more often than not a gesture of friendship and the natural and unsurprising continuation of the relationship between the two states. China does not plan and plan to send troops to Iran and does not plan to enter a partisan position in regional conflicts in the Middle East. This strategy forms the basis of China`s strategic support to Iran.
It shows that China is serious about strengthening and deepening its partnership with Iran, and the current 25-year agreement is the natural result of this trend of intimate relations, but at the same time, this strategy determines that China`s agreements with Iran will be strategically conservative. This strategy also means that China does not want to take the risk of actually deploying troops to Iran, as this would increase costs and risks for China, which runs counter to the very essence of China`s strategy of effectively supporting Iran with relatively low costs and low risks to China itself. China is undoubtedly serious in improving its already close relations with Iran, but these close relations are not and will not be a precondition for China`s bilateral relations with other regional actors such as Israel or Saudi Arabia.