posted on Dec, 8 2005 @ 08:11 AM
Iran links to Venezuela through the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation which includes Russia, China and a number of post Soviet countries. Iran is
hoping to become a member, if not already by now.
Russia has sold some very effective and selective weaponry to both China and Venezuela recently and China has done some big energy deals with both
Venezuela and Iran.
Technically, Iran and Venezuela can both be considered of national security interest to China in the same way that the US considers Persian Gulf
While the US has been flailing around in Iraq, the chess master (Putin) has been quietly moving peices into position. They are not interested in
dominating the US - just containing it - blocking any potential move by the US military by making it an expensive and futile exercise.
Oh, don't forget the Iranian oil bourse due to start trading in March - in euros!!! (remembering that Venezuela is one of the founding members of
[edit on 8-12-2005 by News Junkie]