China, Russia, and Iran will hold joint wargames this month, with leaders saying they are meant as a show of force to the world as well as an illustration of military unity among the autocratic nations.
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the commander of Iran's navy, said this week, according to the Washington Free Beacon:
"When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation.
A joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them.
The joint war drills will be aimed at sending a message to the world, particularly Western nations, like the United States, that have sought to constrain Iran's expanding military ambitions.
The joint wargame between Iran, Russia, and China, which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations, with regard to their shared and non-shared interests, and by non-shared I mean the respect we have for one another's national interests."