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Media based in or run by the Iranian authoritarian regime spent much of Monday and Tuesday publishing articles touting friendly relations with China in their English-language outlets. This follows a week in which China has largely remained silent about Iran losing its top terrorist mastermind and Chinese media blasted Iran’s military as “incompetent.”
Iran and China are nominal allies and engage in significant commerce together, so much so that China bore the brunt of a new round of sanctions against Iran levied by the United States this week.
Officials - Condolences - Loss - Major - General
Yet Chinese officials have not publicly offered condolences for the loss of Major General Qasem Soleimani and government-controlled media displayed no patience or understanding after Iran blew a commercial airliner out of the sky last week.
Soleimani was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, its external terrorism unit tasked with killing American soldiers and expanding Iranian influence abroad. The IRGC is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.
Officials - Saturday - International - Airlines - UIA
Iranian officials admitted on Saturday to shooting Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752 out of the sky with a Russian surface-to-air missile last week. The plane had just taken off from Tehran’s international airport as Iran shot over a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi military airbases in response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Soleimani. While Iran first claimed the plane spontaneously caught fire, it later admitted an Iranian soldier shot it, mistaking it for an American missile.
Iran has blamed America for Iran shooting the plane out of the sky.
Iran - Fars - News - Agency - Support
Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency highlighted alleged support from China on Tuesday in an article titled, “China Defends Iran Trade as U.S. Cranks Up Pressure.” The article does not lead with any defense from China, however, but with a report that unnamed “officials” have unmasked a nefarious U.S. plot “to pressure China into halting all its...
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