In contrast with the Trump administration, Merkel does privilege a clear, comprehensive trade partnership with China – way beyond a mere photo op summit. Berlin is way more geoeconomically sophisticated than the vague “engagement and exigence” Paris approach.
Today’s ongoing sanctions against Iran cannot be understood in their full weight and international ramifications without this historical background.
It is clear that the current manoeuvres against Iran are not on behalf of anyone’s “security” but rather an attempt to force Iran to finally bend the knee and be reduced to a state of complete dependence.
2020 has brought us two so far: the COVID-19 and the collapse of oil prices. Each will have potent consequences for the American Empire.