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Here’s How Iran Hides Its Secret Oil Trade

Ellen R. Wald The Trump administration is worried about rising oil and gasoline prices resulting from the latest set of sanctions that it will implement against Iran’s oil and gas industry just two days before the midterm elections. President Trump has good reason to be concerned about the political implications. To …

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How Chinese politics are returning to the Middle East

 By SAM CHESTER In 2008, the American academic Robert Keohane said, “Multilateral institutions do not overrule powerful states – and rarely if ever try to do so. But they can change how states act.” China is generally seen as exerting little political influence in the Middle East. While China’s diplomats pursue economic …

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Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Gwadar likely to threaten Chabahar port, make China part of Tehran and Riyadh war

Hong Kong: Pakistan’s latest announcement about Saudi Arabia’s investment in an oil refinery at the port city of Gwadar has set alarm bells ringing in the international arena. A Zerohedge article claims that Pakistan’s move comes from a “desperate” need for funding to ward off a financial crisis stoked by …

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China has no objection to Saudi investment in CPEC: Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Wednesday said China had no objection to Saudi Arabia investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “We welcome investment in CPEC,” the ambassador told journalists at the Quetta Press Club. Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudia Arabia last month, the government …

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Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without US support, says Trump

United States (US) President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia’s king “might not be there for two weeks” without US military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America’s closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and …

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Saudi investment in China-Pakistan economic corridor may upset Iran

The new Pakistani government has said Riyadh may invest in the multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. But the move raised eyebrows in Iran, which is skeptical of Saudi intentions. A Saudi team arrived in Pakistan on Sunday to sign four contracts for oil and mineral sector investment and trade …

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Middle Eastern Black Swans dot China’s Belt and Road

Dr. James M. Dorsey If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from the Atlantic coast of …

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US shuts down consulate in Iraq’s Basra citing Iranian ‘threats’

The move follows recent rocket attacks that Washington says were directed at the consulate in Basra. The United States has announced it is closing its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating its diplomats from there after increasing threats and rocket fire from Iran and Iran-backed fighters. The decision adds to …

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Saudi, UAE officials call for regime change in Iran at US summit

Representatives from Gulf countries shared platform with Mossad director at summit against 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington, and the director of Israel‘s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Iran. Speaking …

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Riyadh joining CPEC with Chinese assent: Fawad

Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said Saudi Arabia had become party to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with Chinese assent. Opponents of CPEC shall never succeed, says Chinese president Fawad made the comments while responding to a tweet by former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on whether Chinese approval had been …

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