The tradition of the elected governments not completed five-year tenure continued with the removal of Imran Khan from the office of PM before the end of his term.
Since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine War, Iran has come into prominence as one of the states that supports Russia through its discourse and votes in the UN.
Raisi considers the steps towards the East as a strategic achievement for the country's foreign policy, while opponents criticize Iran's potential dependency on Moscow and Beijing.
Given the reality of the world political economy and the member states' competing agendas, membership in the SCO will not significantly benefit Iran in the international system.
The global economic competition in favour of China recently, along with the US sanctions and the Nuclear Deal impasse, have brought a bilateral relation demand for Iran and China.