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China Trumpets Success in Brokering Iran-Saudi Arabia Deal

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China scored a diplomatic win by brokering an agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia that will re-establish diplomatic ties between the two nations within the next two months. White House spokesman John Kirby admitted that the US had not been directly involved. Meanwhile, the CCP propaganda machine is taking a victory lap, claiming that this deal is quite significant, that China brokered it out of benevolence, and that it is the United States that is opposing peace in the region.

CCP Claims Historic Diplomatic Victory Within Days of Agreement

Perhaps getting ahead of its skis, the CCP media is already claiming that an Iran-Saudi Arabia deal is historic. One Global Times article called it a “landmark agreement” and a “milestone.” One Global Times article called the deal a “huge diplomatic breakthrough” that is “…comparable in significance to the Camp David Accords of 1978 and the Oslo Accords of 1993.” The same article claimed that this deal will “enhance China’s discourse power to promote peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis.” Another Global Times article stated that the deal “shows that China’s mediation efforts have facilitated a real and comprehensive settlement agreement, rather than a partial or temporary one” and that the “concept of peace and security put forward by China is highly practical and operable.” Of course, only time will tell if these bold claims prove true.

CCP Claims Deal Due to China’s Benevolence

Chinese state-run media trumpets the Iran-Saudi deal as a product of China’s benevolence. According to Global Times, China’s role as peacemaker was a “noble initiative.” That same article states that “China is a world-class power that is full of goodwill. It never harms other countries and is truly committed to win-win cooperation.” Another Global Times article praised China as a “kind and trustworthy mediator” that can continue to broker Iran-Saudi dialogue “in accordance with each side’s willingness.” According to China Daily, “Peace is the most precious property of human kind in international relations and China has kept that property well.”

Another theme peddled by the CCP media is China’s selflessness. One Global Times article claims that China has been “making efforts towards peace in the region without seeking self-interest.” According to a Chinese expert cited by another Global Times article, Iran and Saudi Arabia “believe that what China does is not for the selfish interests or hegemony, but for the good of regional stability.” Similarly, one China Daily article cited China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi as stating that “China pursues no selfish interest whatsoever in the Middle East.” According to Yi, as cited by another China Daily article, China is committed to “strategic autonomy of Middle Eastern countries” while opposing “foreign influence” in the region.

CCP Claims United States is Aggressor in Region

According to Chinese state-run media, it is the US that is standing in the way of Iran-Saudi harmony. One way the CCP press shows this is by claiming the US and Chinese have different motivations in the region. According to China Daily, “While China makes peace, the US makes war… China pursues peace and security for all while the US pursues its own hegemonic interests and those for the lobby groups and military-industrial complex.” A Global Times article contrasts China’s diplomacy with “…some countries’ tactics of fueling confrontation to expand their own political domain in the Gulf region,” an obvious reference to the United States, and that “[e]xperts pointed out that the way China handled this issue is different from the US which tends to fuel flames and sow discord for selfish gains.”

One Global Times article attributed Iran-Saudi tensions to the “Trump administration one-sidedly supported Arab countries including Saudi Arabia in confronting Iran,” ignoring Iran’s support of terrorism against Saudi Arabia via the Houthis, and Iran’s ongoing quest for a nuclear bomb. The same article states that the United States “…must feel sour and complicated inside, because the Middle East has long been a region dominated by the US,” and cautions whether the US “will take any obstructive actions” in response to the deal. Another Global Times article cautioned that “some external countries may not want to see such positive improvements in the Middle East,” suggesting that the United States will seek to sabotage the deal.

Chinese propaganda is at it again, this time capitalizing on the diplomatic win of brokering an Iran-Saudi Arabia détente. The significance of this deal remains to be seen, and won’t be felt immediately; it is unlikely that Iranian and Saudi interests in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and the Persian/Arabian Gulf will converge any time soon. But the Biden administration can counter China’s initiative with real tangible diplomatic wins in the region by pursuing the Abraham Accords. The Biden administration should wholeheartedly embrace Israel’s current talks to normalize relations with Indonesia, Mauritania, Niger and Somalia, as well as earnestly pursue the grand prize, Saudi normalization with Israel. But if the Biden administration fails to pick up the torch on the Abraham Accords, and continues to needlessly pressure Israel and Saudi Arabia, the US risks continued erosion of influence in the region.

 

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Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.

Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.

“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”

“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”

“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”

Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.

“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”

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