Islamists hold profoundly contemptful attitudes towards non-Muslims and Khomeinist attitudes towards China of course is no exception. Does Tehran hate Beijing for its internment of one million Muslims in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region? Yes of course they do but Tehan’s duplicitous strategy towards Beijing is designed to fool and take advantage of China. After all, Iran is the international community’s leading strategist and Iranian diplomats are exceptionally skilled in international deception.
Tehran’s argument is that Iran is a Chinese ally in China’s rivalry with America. However, Iran is also a rival of China. By taking control of all Middle East oil does Iran intend to turn China into a subordinate power that would have to cater to every whim of Tehran or else risk its oil imports. To Islamist-Jihadist Tehran are the Chinese either evil polytheists or dangerous atheists, in either case completely illegitimate and who should therefore if possible be forcibly converted to Islam.
While in the short term America is Iran’s global adversary, in the mid term does Iran consider China its main adversary after destroying Israel and defeating America, both of which Iran believe are in “inevitable decline”. Because China is a rising power and unlike Iran a rising economy does Iran consider China a mid term threat and a mid term strategic adversary and this is one of the reasons why Tehran believes itself to need nuclear weapons. Mid term is not that far away for Tehran as Iran intends to destroy Israel and defeat America within the coming decade. Make no mistake, China is next on the Mullahs’ list.