Emphasizing the need for a strategic document in cooperation with the East and being more active in Asia, “Alizadeh” emphasized on looking to the East as a fundamental and necessary step.
Radio Goftogoo's "Political Dialogue" had a phone call interview with Dr. Ali Alizadeh, the Iranian analyst of East Asia affairs, and discussed the diplomacy of looking to the East and how it can lead to the decline of US hegemony.
Ali Alizadeh pointed out that the issue of “looking to the East” has been raised for many years, but in practice no serious step was taken in this direction; “Eventually, this became a document and was signed by the foreign ministers of Iran and China.”
Regarding the IMF report, he said: "This fund published the names of the top 10 countries in the world in terms of economic growth in 1992, 2008 and 2024." China was the tenth country in 1992, Russia the ninth and Japan was the third. This was while the rest were European and American countries. In 2024, China stood on the first platform, the United States was ranked as the second and Japan was the third, and five countries on this list were Asian countries: China, Japan, Indonesia, India and Russia.”
This East Asia analyst declared that Western countries acknowledge that the 21st century is a non-Western century; “All these signals indicate that 21st century is basically an Asian century.”
He stressed the need to write a strategic document for cooperation with the East and broader activity in Asia; "Unfortunately, we are too late in this regard. While many countries in the region have already signed agreements with China, Russia and India, Iran is several years late."
Alizadeh qualified the issue of “looking to East” as a serious, fundamental and necessary step, noting that the 25-year agreement with China is not in contrast with the Iranian constitution law since international interaction and communicational are necessary for everything. What should not be done according to our constitutional law is dependence on another country or power.”
"Before the Islamic Revolution, Shah was dependent on the West and the United States in all aspects," said Alizadeh, “he refused to depend on the East, and what some mention about the agreement with China is the destruction of our public opinion. This is while the media knows well that what was signed between Iran and China was definitely a bilateral agreement.”
He continued; "Of course any fundamental and serious change is followed by tense objections and solemn agreements at both domestic and foreign levels, and this is inevitable. Unfortunately, we didn’t learned to have a media solidarity in this field, which prepared the ground for the foreign media to derive benefit of this (weakness).