China and Iran agreed on Sunday to continue to boost bilateral relations and cooperation. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Tehran to explore how the two nations could strengthen ties.
Wang said that the two countries should jointly build what he called, “one belt and one road.” China proposed the Belt and Road initiatives in 2013. These include a new “silk road” of multilateral free trade agreements and joint infrastructure projects. These agreements and projects are intended to integrate the region from China to Europe through Central Asia. The proposed Maritime Silk Road would unite the region from the Strait of Malacca to India, the Middle East and East Africa.
The two nations, along with Russia, are forming an anti-West power bloc, making it difficult for the West to deal with Iran’s nuclear program effectively.
Watch for China and Iran to work closer together, even as they form alliances against the West. ▪
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