The assassination of Iranian major-general Qassem Soleimani sparked protests in several countries. Photo: AP

Will China try to solve the US-Iran crisis – or view it as an opportunity?

  • Diplomatic efforts show the strategic importance of the Middle East to Beijing, which as an ally of Iran could encourage a measured approach
  • Washington’s energies may be diverted from its rivalry with Beijing – but observers warn that past flashpoints failed to hand China an advantage
Topic |   US-Iran tensions

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The assassination of Iranian major-general Qassem Soleimani sparked protests in several countries. Photo: AP
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Shi Jiangtao

Shi Jiangtao

A former diplomat, Shi Jiangtao has worked as a China reporter at the Post for more than a decade. He's interested in political, social and environmental development in China.