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What Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Mean for China’s Belt and Road?
March 18, 2022

What Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Mean for China’s Belt and Road?

By Mohammadbagher Forough
Exploring the geoeconomic implications for the BRI and other Eurasian economic and infrastructure initiatives.

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation
January 17, 2022

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation

By William Figueroa
Iran may be forced to “Look East” in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, but the Chinese government continues to look in many directions at once.
The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making
December 04, 2021

The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making

By Satgin Hamrah and Alexander Eliasen
The Iran-Iraq war kickstarted the China-Iran partnership. Understanding that history provides valuable context for the relationship today.

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India
October 21, 2021

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India

By Soroush Aliasgary and Marin Ekstrom
Both China and India seek to use Chabahar port for their own strategic interests. Iran can use that competition to its own advantage.

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?
September 07, 2021

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?

By Fardin Eftekhari
Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organization has become a perceived necessity for Tehran’s foreign policy goals. But will it actually help?

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment
April 06, 2021

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment

By William Figueroa
Why the 25-Year China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement isn’t a “big deal,” literally or figuratively.

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?
March 30, 2021

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite the fanfare surrounding the 25-year deal, details are scarce. Is this much ado about nothing?
China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East
March 25, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East

By Shannon Tiezzi
Wang Yi's six-country tour highlights the region's expanding importance for China.

China Is Buying Record Amounts of Iranian Oil
March 10, 2021

China Is Buying Record Amounts of Iranian Oil

By Eleanor Albert
China is moving closer to Iran than ever before, but the partnership still has limits.

Bitcoin Mining and Blackouts Add to Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Iran
January 26, 2021

Bitcoin Mining and Blackouts Add to Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Iran

By Reza Khaasteh
Amid energy shortages in Iran, Iranians are pointing the finger at Chinese-run bitcoin mining operations.

How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms
October 22, 2020

How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms

By Reza Khaasteh
U.S. sanctions kicked Ericsson out of Iran. Now the Chinese telecom giant is poised to win the 5G race in the country.
Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?
October 19, 2020

Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?

By Emily Jin
When the United States cuts off Iran completely, will China step in? This question comes at a critical time, but the answer is complicated. 

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