October 27, 2022
How China Boosts Iran’s Digital Crackdown
By Nima Khorrami
Amid ongoing protests, Iran is looking to accelerate its adoption of China’s AI surveillance and internet censorship methods.
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.
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.
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.
May 04, 2021
China-Iran Strategic Cooperation: Symbolism Vs. Substance
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Gedaliah Afterman.
April 09, 2021
What the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Pact Means for India
By Mahima Duggal
New Delhi must revisit its approach to Tehran, especially if it wishes to limit China’s growing influence within Iran.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
October 05, 2020
Iran’s New Doctrine: Pivot to the East
By Seyed Hossein Mousavian
A convergence of interests (read: opposition to the U.S.) is bringing Iran, China, and Russia closer together than ever.