China’s Iran-Saudi deal is a wake-up call for India
- Iran and Saudi Arabia recently announced a Chinese-brokered deal to restore diplomatic relations. This should serve as a reminder to India that it takes a great deal of work to convert historical ties and photo ops into actual influence
The Iran-Saudi deal on restoring diplomatic relations, brokered by China, suggests American influence in West Asia is being challenged. Since the end of World War II and especially since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has been the principal external power in the region.