The crisscrossing Great Power networks of the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership, the Astana Tripartite (of Russia, Iran, and Turkey), and the fast-moving Russian-Pakistani Rapprochement need to be formally brought together in a single platform.
Iran and Turkey may not be formal allies, but represent something more realistic and therefore more meaningful: they are new partners in a new Middle East and a new Eurasia.
Pakistan can no longer depend on American developmental assistance nor ever hope to play the US off against China for its ultimate benefit.
The proposed approach is mostly applicable to the third-party role that Russia could play in Pakistan, whereby the cordial competition with China would give Islamabad more options than it has at present.
China would ideally like for India to join its One Belt One Road (OBOR) global vision of New Silk Road connectivity.
One of the driving motivations behind China’s One Belt One Road global vision of New Silk Road connectivity is to stave off socio-economic challenges caused by the country’s overproduction crisis.
By establishing a more robust presence in Central Asia, which is historically in Russia’s sphere of influence, Turkey would also be expanding the complex strategic interdependency that’s developed between Moscow and Ankara since their fast-moving rapprochement kicked off last summer.
Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin announced that his company signed a roadmap to invest the mind-numbingly large sum of $30 billion in the Iranian energy sector.
The renewed diplomatic offensive that’s being waged against Iran’s regional interests might have a majorly unintended effect in strengthening Tehran’s political will to support its allied militias abroad.
What is possible is a Saudi-Iranian mutual accommodation, which would be useful for calming some of the ‘hotspots’ – similar to what happened in the case of the Taif accord ending the civil war in Lebanon.
The late Uzbekistani President was ill-equipped for adapting to the New Silk Road Century that China is pioneering through its One Belt One Road vision.
A more immediate and tactical reason for this hoax is that it provides “legitimacy” to the US effort to ramp up its attacks against the Taliban.