March 14, 2023
The Broader Context Behind China’s Mediation Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
By Mehran Haghirian and Jacopo Scita
When it was clear that an agreement was possible to finalize the détente, China took the mantle of responsibility and the role of a direct mediator.
March 10, 2023
Iran, Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Ties, With China’s Help
By Jon Gambrell
The major diplomatic breakthrough, negotiated in Beijing with China as mediator, is a demonstration of China's influence in the Middle East.
February 24, 2023
Can China Be the JCPOA’s Last Hope?
By Jacopo Scita
As demonstrated during President Raisi’s visit to China, a return to the Iran nuclear deal is very much in Beijing’s interests. So why is China not pushing for exactly that?
February 18, 2023
Neither China Nor Iran Will Get What They Want From Their Relationship
By Guy Burton
Iran wants more Chinese investment, but Beijing wants progress on the nuclear issue first.
February 15, 2023
Iran’s President Visits China, Hoping to Revitalize Ties
By Shannon Tiezzi
During his three-day visit, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi made clear that Iran is not satisfied with progress on a 2021 partnership agreement.
December 14, 2022
Can China Continue to Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran?
By Jesse Marks
Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Riyadh resulted in a rare diplomatic rebuke from Tehran.
September 20, 2022
What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?
By Aamna Khan
Iran is the newest member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
September 02, 2022
Droning On: China Floods the Middle East With UAVs
By Heath Sloane
China’s arming of Iran creates a vicious cycle in which Iranian proxies motivate other Middle Eastern states to arm themselves too, creating more customers for Beijing.
July 09, 2022
The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East
By Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal
China has struck a careful balance between regional rivals, especially Iran and the Gulf. But amid shifting dynamics, staying neutral may not be an option.
July 07, 2022
The China-Iran-Russia Triangle: Alternative World Order?
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Benjamin Tsai.
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.
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.
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