The Gulf of Aqaba is an integral part of a network of secured waterways that stretch from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean.
In the past two days, massive fires at a major oil refinery near Tehran and on a navy ship in the Gulf have highlighted the deteriorating situation inside Iran.
Expanding Chinese assistance to Iran means that Beijing would be providing direct support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an outfit responsible for arming militias across the region.
Hassan Eyrlou, Iran's ambassador to Yemen, is acting as a de facto governor of Houthi-controlled areas, and is leading the group's campaign to seize Marib.
Iran's annual budget, approved by the Majles in March, has been secretly altered in favour of the IRGC and its allied institutions.
In his reaction to the foreign minister's leaked remarks, Iran's leader shows he favours intervention and expansionism over diplomacy.
Hizbullah is largely to blame for a rift between Lebanon and the Gulf states that has cost Lebanon dearly in terms of foreign investment.
Chinese-made vaccines 'don't have very high rates of protection', a senior official said, raising concerns for the recipients of China's so-called 'public good'.
Terrorist drones hitting airports, missiles and rockets slamming into oil facilities, critics of Iran being murdered -- these activities serve only to isolate Iran even more.
The move to appease Hizbullah's growingly disgruntled base -- and asking the wealthy to donate money -- reveals the group's financial woes and its slipping support.