Soleimani’s Death: A Dilemma for the Chinese Communist Party

Weeks after a US drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, the top commander of Iran’s foreign operations and the Quds Force, the US-Iran tensions are coming to a halt. Iran’s limited response came in the form of a barrage of missiles fired at U.S. bases in Iraq resulting no Iraqi or American deaths. The missiles were seen as a face-saving act designed to avoid escalation. Yet tensions within Iran have since escalated. Thousands came out to protest the government’s shooting down of a commercial airliner. They even called for the removal of the supreme leader. Is Iran on the verge of a revolution? Will America be dragged into another regional war? And what does China stand to benefit and lose from all of these? We explore these questions in today’s episode of Zooming In.

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