With tensions growing between the United States and Iran over oil tankers attacks in the Gulf of Oman, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke on Friday, June 14, to Iran’s president during his trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, that China will promote stronger ties with Iran regardless of how the situation changes, according to Reuter.
The meeting between the Chinese leader and Iranian president happened as growing tensions between the United States and Iran seem to be intensifying. The U.S has released a video showing that Iran military removing unexploded mine from one of attacked oil tankers, strengthening the evidence that Iran has been involved in the attacks. The U.S. stated that Iran had sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran for the attack: “Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran,” vowing the United States would defend itself and its partners.
The United States has had a tough relationship with both China and Iran—a trade war with China and a controversial nuclear program by Iran. The United States might impose additional tariffs on $325 billion of Chinese export goods if no agreement is reached at the next up coming G-20 summit. It also has deployed a B52 bomber and an aircraft carrier to the region to cope with suspicious action from Iran’s regime.
An opinion from Jim Hanson, president of Security Studies Group, suggested that the United States should be tough on Iran, he said: “There is a saying that “rubble don’t make no trouble.” Since the United States has made good-faith efforts to deal with Iranian attacks via nonviolent means, it may be a good time to turn some of Iran’s military equipment into smoking wreckage.”
The attacks have pushed oil prices up sharply with fears that the incident could disrupt the Strait of Hormuz, where over a third of the world’s seaborne crude oil shipments are transported, according to Wall Street Journal.