China signs 25-year deal with Iran against US

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China signs 25-year deal with Iran against US


China and Iran have signed a comprehensive agreement to chart the course of their economic, political and trade relations over the next 25 years, Iranian state television reported, in a challenge to the Biden administration.

The “comprehensive strategic partnership” agreement, signed on Saturday in Tehran by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has been underway since 2016, when President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese leader in Iran. to go to the Iranian capital. in over a decade.

“The document can elevate bilateral relations to a new strategic level,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a television interview. The agreement aims to strengthen collaboration with the private sector and the role of the Islamic Republic in Xi’s flagship infrastructure and investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative, he said. .

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