Fars News Agency (FNA), describing itself as “Iran’s leading independent news agency,” reported yesterday that a senior Chinese lawmaker “reiterated that Beijing attaches great importance to the further expansion of economic, political and industrial ties with Tehran.”
“China welcomes the expansion of all-out mutual cooperation with Iran in different spheres,” Vice-Chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Bai Lichen, said in a meeting with Head of Iran-China Parliamentary Friendship Group Hassan Sobhaninia in Tehran on Sunday.
Bai Lichen further termed Iran as China’s second largest economic and trade partner in the Middle East, and called on the two countries to utilize their “vast potentials and opportunities” to raise the volume of trade exchanges and develop “friendly cooperation” in favor of the interests of the two nations.
What would the US think? “Who cares?” is the official position, I think:
China, like Russia, has consistently opposed the US pressures on Iran and the West’s economic sanctions imposed on the Iranian financial sector and petroleum products.
China has refused to comply with US requests to decrease oil imports from Iran and instead has increased its trade with the country