Discussion: China-Iran ties

Shortly after the lifting of UN sanctions against Iran, we spoke with experts about China’s role in the Middle East ahead of Chinese president Xi’s visit to the country. The last time a Chinese president visited Iran was in 2002. Today, China is estimated to be buying 40 percent of Iran’s oil exports, and has become the country’s top source of capital and technology. Will that role expand as China’s Belt and Road initiative gets underway? What are China’s priorities in Iran and across the Middle East, in light of the growing urgency to fight terrorism? And how do these developments relate to the US’ waning role in the region?

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