Is China Playing a Dual Game in Iran?

Author
John W. Garver
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
34
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Winter 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
One aspect of China's Iran policy suggests a sincere effort to uphold the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime in cooperation with the United States. Another suggests that Beijing believes a nuclear-armed or nuclear-armed-capable Iran would serve China's geopolitical interests in the Persian Gulf region.1 Is China playing a dual game toward Iran? This question cannot be answered with certainty, but given its importance, a tentative and necessarily somewhat speculative effort to think through the matter is in order.
Political Geography
United States, China, Iran, Persia