The Asia Time reports that China and Tehran have cut a pipeline deal said to be worth 3.5 billion $U.S.
Last week Beijing and Tehran signed a $100 billion U.S. gas deal possibly leading up to a $200 billion U.S. in total.
It is unknown at this time what the ramifications of this deal with China will be because of the Bush Administrations economic sanctions against
China Rocks the Geopolitical Middle East Boat
"The quantum leap of China into the Middle East and Caspian energy markets has become a fait accompli, no matter how disturbed its biggest trade
partner, the US, over its geopolitical ramifications."
ASIA TIMES - 6 November 2004: TEHRAN - Speaking of business as unusual. A mere two months ago, the news of a China-Kazakhstan pipeline agreement,
worth US$3.5 billion, raised some eyebrows in the world press, some hinting that China's economic foreign policy may be on the verge of a new leap
A clue to the fact that such anticipation may have totally understated the case was last week's signing of a mega-gas deal between Beijing and Tehran
worth $100 billion. Billed as the "deal of century" by various commentators, this agreement is likely to increase by another $50 billion to $100
billion, bringing the total close to $200 billion, when a similar oil agreement, currently being negotiated, is inked not too far from now.
For a United States increasingly pointing at China as the next biggest challenge to its Pax Americana, the Iran-China energy cooperation cannot but be
interpreted as an ominous sign of emerging new trends in an area considered vital to US national interests.
But, then again, this cuts both ways, that is, the deal should, logically speaking, stimulate others who may still consider Iran untrustworthy or too
radical to enter into big projects on a long-term basis. Iran's biggest foreign agreement prior to this gas agreement with China was a long-term $25
billion gas deal with Turkey, which has encountered snags, principally over the price, recently, compared with Iran's various trade agreements with
Spain, Italy and others, typically with a life span of five to seven years
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Is the deal a moot point if the U.S. and Israel invade Iran?
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[edit on 10/11/2004 by Sauron]