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World China is quietly preparing to 'fill the vacuum' created by the US leaving the Iran deal

03:12  10 may  2018
03:12  10 may  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

Iran will leave nuclear accord also if Trump ditches deal

  Iran will leave nuclear accord also if Trump ditches deal Iran warned on Thursday that it will quit a landmark nuclear deal with world powers if President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the accord. "If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the state television website.Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, calling it "insane".Iran has always denied it sought a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic programme was for civilian purposes.

China has quietly been preparing to ' fill the vacuum ' created by the US leaving the Iran deal . China 's role in global diplomacy has been rising, and Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal may have given Beijing a major boost.

China ’s role in global diplomacy has been rising, and Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal may have given Beijing a major Insider that China has been playing a “smart, quiet game” with its Middle East diplomacy efforts, but may now choose to “ fill the vacuum left by the

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China's role in global diplomacy has been rising, and Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal may have given Beijing a major boost.

China has been playing a "smart, quiet game" with its Middle East diplomacy efforts and may now be able to take on a more leading role in the region, Alex Vatanka, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, told Business Insider.

"China is the country most likely to fill the shoes of the US," said Vatanka. "When the US is out of the equation, it might not be a bad move for China to speak up and present themselves as the one actor that can come in - together with the Europeans and the Russians - to fill the vacuum left by the US."

Iran president warns of 'problems' as Trump decision looms

  Iran president warns of 'problems' as Trump decision looms Iran's president has warned the country could face "some problems" ahead of President Donald Trump's decision on whether to pull out of its nuclear deal with world powers. Without directly naming Trump, Rouhani's remarks at a petroleum conference in Tehran represented the first official Iranian comment on the U.S. president's overnight tweet that he'd make an announcement on the deal Tuesday."It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this," Rouhani said.

China 's Xi Xinping is filling the vacuum in global leadership that has been created by the chaos of the Trump administration. In addition to record personnel turnover, the Trump administration appears internally conflicted over whether and how to: leave Syria, tear up the Iran deal , exit NAFTA, confront

Iran 's president acknowledges country could "face some problems" over US leaving agreement. Mr Trump was reacting to reports Mr Kerry has quietly been promoting the Iran nuclear deal . A lesson learned, always be prepared for the unexpected."

China is one of the signatories of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, which promised Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for the country limiting its nuclear program. Compared to other global powers, China has in the past taken a more muted role in the deal's negotiations and implementation.

"The Chinese haven't wanted to leave a big footprint in the deal diplomatically, and instead have preferred to focus much more on trade, which long-term has given them more leverage and influence," Vatanka said.

Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: China is hoping to become the next diplomacy leader after the US. © Business Insider China is hoping to become the next diplomacy leader after the US. But China is one of Iran's largest trade partners and accounts for 22.3% of Iran's total trade. China's Belt and Road Initiative has significantly expanded trade opportunities between the two countries and China has pumped billions into Iran's economy.

With such an important trade relationship, China will likely be the natural choice to lead future negotiations with Iran, giving Beijing even more diplomatic power in the Middle East.

The US has also handed major diplomatic victories to China recently.

By pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China was able to redirect trade agreements in Asia, and the departure from the Paris Climate Agreement allowed China to take the leadin discussions on climate change.

Bolton says countries that deal with Iran may face U.S. sanctions .
The U.S. may put sanctions on European countries that do business with Iran after Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal.“Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week.

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