Iran, China and the New Silk Road
By Pepe Escobar
Part 1: Iran and Russia, scorpions in a bottle
"China's block on Iran's full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization last year might signal that a Beijing-Tehran axis doesn't exist, yet a strategic alliance between the pair is essential to counter Western influence in their domain. For China, Iran is all about Pipelineistan, the Asian Energy Security Grid and the New Silk Road....."