In order to clarify the current geopolitical situation and the nature of the risks we collectively face, it is essential to understand the objectives of the different actors. What do the United States, China and Iran want?
Against China, America intends to reaffirm its indisputable status as "number one". The world is probably no longer unipolar, as it was for a decade, from the collapse of the USSR in 1991 to the collapse of the Manhattan towers in 2001. Nonetheless, America does not tolerate any genuine rivalry. It opposes the commonly held idea that the 20th century was the century of America, and the 21st century, that of China.
On the military level, China is far from matching the United States. On the economic level, American growth is bouncing back phenomenally as China's growth slows significantly. However, in terms of technology, China is starting to compete on an equal footing with the United States. Worse still, it scores spectacular points in some strategic areas. Is it acceptable? Can we let an ever more authoritarian power be able to use information that it alone would possess for its own benefit?
Huawei in China, nuclear power in Iran - the parallel is easy, perhaps too tempting. Can we leave the "absolute weapon" in the hands of a regime driven by an absolute ideology? American intentions are in fact clearer than they appear and could be summed up as follows: in Asia, curbing China, and in the Middle East, overthrowing the mullahs' regime, with the double risk of boosting the Chinese' energy and self-sufficiency, and strengthening the hard-line clan in Iran.
A structurally contradictory regime
Chinese intentions are exactly the opposite of those of the United States: first, ensuring the supremacy, if not the total control, of China over Asia; second, becoming once again the world's leading power; and thus, finally, affirming the superiority of the authoritarian and centralized Chinese model, and further on the preeminence of Chinese civilization, over the democratic model and, more generally, the Western civilization.