Iran-China M-DIME Report

What instruments does China use to attempt to gain military influence in Iran? This report uses FMSO’s M-DIME Research Project framework to assess the extent to which China has leveraged twelve tools of national power between 2013 and 2023 to gain military influence in Iran. In doing so, it assesses China’s current overall military influence in Iran, as well as its projected military influence. It also delineates which tools of national power China has most prominently used. Its key assessments follow: