China has claimed full credit for brokering the deal, which capitalises on the hard work Iraq and Oman have put into mending Saudi-Iran rift.
China's failure to condemn the conflict and reports suggesting it plans to sell suicide drones to Russia undermine what little credibility Beijing had left as it touts a new 'peace plan'.
China's 'spy balloon' may be a sign of lacking co-ordination between government authorities, or a gross underestimation of the political impact of a wandering 'weather balloon'.
'Clearly, diplomatic momentum in favor of holding Beijing accountable for its human rights violations is growing,' said the Human Rights Watch's UN director, Louis Charbonneau.
Statements out of Beijing and Moscow touting 'common security' and 'just world order' contrast greatly with the military aggression and human rights abuses both regimes espouse.
The volume of Russian oil exports to China has hit a record level, handing the Kremlin vital income as it continues its brutal invasion of Ukraine.
The small island nations saw through Beijing's 'disingenuous' offer for a regional security pact, preferring instead to remain independent of Chinese influence in government and industries.
The visit of China's defence minister comes amid surging purchases of Iranian oil, increasing attacks in the region from Iran's proxies, and lingering rumours about another Chinese base.
Herat residents say Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh's recent comments about ISIS and ethnic tensions in Afghanistan are antagonistic and opportunisitc.
The China-Russia relationship 'is conducive to world peace, stability and development', said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.