Iranians protest against Iran’s 25-year agreement with China



People have recently gone out to the streets in Iran and other countries to protest the vast and long-term agreement Iran has signed with China. On April 3, outside the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver, protesters put up a sign saying “Iran is not for sale, China is leaving” and “take your hand off Iran.” ..

On March 27, Iran and China’s foreign ministers signed a 25-year strategic comprehensive partnership agreement targeting politics, economy and security between the two countries, bringing $ 400 billion to Iran’s investment in China. CGTV reported.

The terms and details of the agreement have not been released, but a leaked draft distributed last July revealed that China would invest in Iran’s 5G networks, nuclear power, ports and railroads. In return, communist countries will receive a stable supply of Iran’s oil and gas at discounted prices for 25 years.

In a protest in Vancouver on April 3rd. Organizer Kei Esmaeilpour, Immigrants Iran, who came to Canada in 2002, said the agreement was not legitimate.

“Under the Iranian Constitution, all major contractual agreements or treaties must exist[ed] It goes on to the Iranian parliament, and after parliamentary approval[s], “Esmaeil pour Said Epoch Times. “This agreement has not gone through any of these steps.”

He claims that parliamentarians knew nothing about the deal as a result of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bypassing the government.

Iran International report Many Iranians, including some politicians, have protested the secrets surrounding the agreement and questioned why parliamentarians were not asked for their views before they were signed.

Activist Berman Loudger told The Epoch Times that the reason was “the governing government is like a servant of the Chinese government.”

“The currently very weak Iranian government is ready to give all sorts of concessions just to maintain power,” said Loudger, director of a legal services company in Toronto.

“When the Chinese government says,’Don’t reveal the details of this agreement,’ they only say,’Yes, teacher.'”

In February 2020, Iran’s Chinese ambassador to Changfa said at a news conference that China was the only country to continue to buy oil from Iran despite sanctions by the Trump administration. That Penalize Iranian oil buyers.

On March 25, two days before the signing of the agreement with China, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced the opening of the Goure Jask crude oil pipeline, which extends from southwestern Bushehr to the port of Jask in southeastern Iran. Construction of a 1,000-kilometer pipeline system to export Iran’s oil from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman began in late June 2020.

The pipeline fits into the Beijing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) framework, a large-scale investment strategy that extends the political and economic reach of communist countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. It also allows the Chinese administration to develop the port of Jask, a major port near the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, where most of the world’s oil exports pass. BRI has been criticized by the United States and other countries as a “debt trap” diplomacy that afflicts developing countries with unsustainable debt burdens.

The agreement also allows Beijing to gain greater political influence over Iran, while China builds a foothold in the Persian Gulf and undermines US sanctions imposed on Iran.

“If China controls southern Iran and the Persian Gulf, they are confident that they can use these areas as … military fortresses and station soldiers in southern Iran around the Persian Gulf.” ..

“Tomorrow, if they want to attack or attack, or if a war broke out in the future, the Persian Gulf will be a base, a military base for Chinese soldiers and submarines, everything. This is very much we don’t want to happen in our area. It’s a scary, scary image. “

Another reason Iranians think the government has “sold the whole country”, according to Roudgar, is the “rental” of the island to China.

“They rented the islands and harbors of the Persian Gulf,” he said. “These ports are very important and are rented to China in the long run.”

according to National Council of Resistance of Iran, Tehran “delivering some Iran “Islands to China”, “Islands to China” as part of the agreement, including Kish IslandIn exchange for Military, regional and international support. “

Esmaeilpour said that no country, such as Zimbabwe, Cambodia or Sri Lanka, eventually participated in the deal with China as an investor. “They have more debt,” he said.

A Petition The Persian signature “Stop selling Iran to China” on change.org has received 103,000 signatures as of April 8 and aims to reach 150,000 signatures.

Reports from Nicole Hao, Venus Upadaya, and Reuters

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