Well, what might we deduce from the following? Firstly, we can read that “Over the past few decades, China and Iran have developed a broad and deep partnership centered on China’s energy needs and Iran’s abundant resources as well as significant non-energy economic ties, arms sales and defense cooperation, and geostrategic balancing against the United States. This partnership presents a unique challenge to U.S. interests and objectives.” Seems pretty clear that, doesn’t it? Now, we are hardly going to get the United States and its allies selling military know-how to the Middle Kingdom, are we? Of course, when it comes to “Uncle Sam’s” allies, there appears to be a very special one, even more special than good old “Blighty”. Are you putting the rest of the story together?
Guessing, well here is a clue; these people don’t even attempt to mask their chutzpah, …. oops the chutzpah word gives it away and there we have it in the Washington Post for all to see, “With Israel offering much-needed technical expertise and China representing a huge new market and influential voice in the international debate over Iran’s nuclear program, the two nations have stepped up military cooperation as they patch up a rift caused by a pair of failed arms deals scuttled by the U.S.” Still, not to worry and while it might not be able to pass on the state of the art technology that might give the P.L.A. a fighting chance in a war with the West just yet, Israel has highlighted the improved relations by sending its military chief to Beijing for talks while also inviting he Chinese paramilitary force that, “among other things, polices the restive Tibetan and Muslim Uighur regions.”
Well, if you thought the Chinese were already doing a pretty good job at suppressing the native Uighur and Tibetan populations, you might be surprised that they really need this help. Still, when it comes to ethnically cleansing a region, there really is nobody quite as good at it as Israel. Of course, that is not how the I.D.F.’s Chief of General Staff, Benny Gantz, who believes that more cooperation with the China side will “make contribution to world peace and stability”, sees it. Alright, alright, Benny’s credibility might be a little suspect. Nevertheless, for those Tibetans and Uighurs who are particularly worried we at least have Nicholas Bequelin, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch saying that the Israeli training “must include a human rights component, such as the principle of proportionate use of force.” Thank goodness for that. Not only are the Israelis right out there on their own when it comes to ethnic cleansing, but they really are experts in applying human rights through the principle of proportionate use of force. Being cynical, of course.
Still, let’s not be too harsh on them. After all, not only is business, business, but they are also planning for the future. Therefore, be warned Uncle Sam, your very special friend might just be in the process of finding himself another friend and who knows you might even find yourself expendable at some point down the road.