A Silver Lining for Peace

Carnet Hebdo

By Nita Chicooree-Mercier

China’s mediation to bring two major rivals, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, to the negotiating table is a most welcome development in international diplomacy. If anything, the timely public announcement of the master peace deal brokered by China has been well-prepared by the different stakeholders.

With Us or Against Us absurd confrontation. Pic – Shutterstock

While the US, its right arm NATO and EU followers were busy courting major countries to take sides against Russia, and banning Russian cats from competing in international competitions as directed by the International Cat Federation in response to the war in Ukraine, China smartly moved its pawns on the chessboard of geopolitics in the Middle East. It got South Africa and Iran to price their oil trade in yuan, and sold surveillance equipment to the ayatollah regime to keep its rebellious youth in check. China secured its energy requirements by signing a commercial deal with Qatar for four million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for a period of 27 years.

With friendly relations with most Middle East countries and Israel, and as an increasingly outspoken ally of Russia, China has enough leverage to bring its weight to bear to put an end to the Iran-SA proxy war in Yemen and pave the way for peace in a region stricken with wars and uprisings since the US invasion of Iraq. Sanctions have dealt a heavy blow to Iran’s economy, and the regime is sitting on a volcano of rebellious fiery youth uprisings determined to topple the theocracy. Read More… Become a Subscriber

Mauritius Times ePaper Friday 17 March 2023

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