Episode 244 | Recorded: April 5, 2023
More and more in the US it has become evident that China is emerging on the world stage as a power that is shifting the balance of geopolitical multipolarity. From the recent concerns about Tiktok and the US congressional hearings that may lead to its banning from the US, to the economic sanctions on large numbers of products and industries in trade between the US and China, it’s obvious that the larger global struggle is no longer between The West and Russia, but rather between The West and China.
In this context, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow was a major milestone for cementing their strategic partnership. For China, this helps keep the West, west of Russia. For Russia, this keeps them economically solvent.
In flexing its emergent powers, China has engaged in international peacemaking efforts. For example China again proposed a ceasefire in Ukraine. China also successfully brokered an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The two long-time adversaries agreed to lower tensions and open embassies within a couple of months.
We talked with Suren Sargsyan yesterday, and he thinks that the Iran-Saudi agreement is important not only for the greater middle east and China, but will also bring benefits for Armenia, in the form of increased attention and resources to the South Caucasus by Iran.
In fact, Iran’s FM Abdollahian was in Moscow last week and the two countries are also working on a greater strategic partnership. Among a wide variety of issues discussed, was the crisis in Artsakh and Armenia.
Alright, we’ll leave it there for today, thank you Benyamin!
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Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan is a senior fellow at APRI Armenia, a Yerevan based think tank,and the Chairman of the Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies. He has served as the vice president for research and head of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense Research University in Armenia. Dr. Poghosyan was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the US National Defense University College of International Security Affairs. He is a graduate from the US State Department Study of the US Institutes for Scholars 2012 Program on US National Security Policy Making. He holds a PhD in history and is a graduate from the 2006 Tavitian Program on International Relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.