In the early hours of January 3, a U.S. attack in Iraq that killed Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Al-Quds Brigade, triggered a chain reaction:
Iran vows revenge, u.s. surge in the middle east, iraq's baghdad \"green zone\" attack, iranian parliament approved \"severe revenge\" bill, u.s. air base attack. U.S. and Iranian leaders have spoken out several times, each frequently on social media.
On the morning of the 8th, shortly after the iranian attack on the u. s.military base, the iranian embassy in china posted a national flag on an official microblog and said,\" the end of the american evil forces in western asia has begun.\" As of last night, the number of likes had reached nearly half a million.
Meanwhile, official tweets from the U.S. Embassy in China continue to be sent. The accounts of the U.S. and Iranian embassies in China have become a \"new battlefield\" for U.S.-Iranian public opinion.
In fact, iran's embassy in china and the u.s. embassy in china have been \"pinching\" at intervals on microblogs, starting shortly after the u.s. dropped three rockets into baghdad international airport on january 3rd.
At least eight people were killed when two vehicles were burned near the Iraqi capital Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of January 3, including Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps leader Kasim Suleimani. Suleimani's exceptional domestic status and high prestige are key to Iran's strategy and influence in the Middle East and have been seen as a candidate for Iranian political leadership.
After the incident, iran's embassy in beijing quickly released two tweets, citing iran's supreme leader, ayatollah ali khamenei, and foreign minister mr zarif, warning the united states of \"retaliation \".
Shortly after, the u. s. embassy in china tweeted three times in an hour, quoting u. s. secretary of state pompeo, claiming that the extermination of suleymani was a \"decisive defense operation\" to protect americans abroad.
In response, the Iranian Embassy in China on January 5, Beijing time to issue a rebuttal. In this tweet, it mentions that \"the end of America's evil forces in Western Asia has begun.\"
On january 5 local time, iran announced the suspension of the fifth phase of its nuclear agreement, no longer limit the number of centrifuges. On the same day, the Iraqi parliament held a special meeting to demand that foreign troops end their presence.
On the same day, the u.s. embassy in china tweeted that iran \"exported violence and repression\" and stressed that \"the u.s. has identified iran's islamic revolutionary guard as a terrorist organization \".
On january 7th iran's parliament approved a bill called \"harsh revenge \", paving the way for an upcoming retaliatory campaign against the united states. On the night of the 7th, U.S. military bases in Iraq were attacked by missiles. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed that dozens of missiles attacked the U.S. air base of Assad in Iraq.
On the 8th, the iranian embassy in china issued four tweets, a statement from the iranian islamist revolutionary guard, calling it revenge for the previous attack and death of the generals, blowing up u.s. military bases and calling it a self-defense operation that does not seek war, according to the relevant provisions of the united nations charter.
In response, the U.S. Embassy in China on January 9, Beijing time, U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a national speech, a series of sections of Trump's speech.
Now that Iran has said its self-defence campaign is over and does not seek war, the US has said it is \"willing to embrace peace with all who seek it.\" The standoff has come to an end, as has the gap between the two embassies on social platforms.
How will the future develop? Will the two sides still fight? It is hard to know, but the only certainty is that, in the event of a risky move or miscalculation, the US-Iranians could be caught in a vicious cycle of retaliation that adds to the gunpowder over the Middle East, which is clearly not in the interests of either side.