China and Iran reach a new stage in their strategic partnership


August 14, 2020

Official Khamenei website via Wikimedia Commons

President of China Xi Jinping with Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in 2016.

(BESA Center via JNS) - In recent years, the People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran have expressed a common desire to formalize their comprehensive strategic partnership (which has not yet entered into force) by cooperating in such areas as trade, energy and production capacity. Their willingness to work together arises from historical ties tracing back to the ancient Silk Road, as well as from complementary economic and political interests. A strategic partnership between Tehran and Beijing constitutes a win for both sets of national interests.

In January 2016, shor...

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