News ID: 239170
Published: 0354 GMT February 20, 2019

Xi: China’s resolve to develop strategic partnership with Iran unchangeable

Xi: China’s resolve to develop strategic partnership with Iran unchangeable

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday Beijing’s resolve to develop strategic partnership with Iran will remain unchanged.

Xi made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iranian delegation headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

No matter how the international and regional situation changes, China’s resolve to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran will remain unchanged, the Chinese president said, according to Xinhua.


Reliable partner


During the meeting Ali Larijani pointed to the historical and friendly relations between the countries, describing China as one of Iran’s reliable partners, IRNA reported.

Both sides emphasized the strengthening of ties between Tehran and Beijing. China is Iran’s biggest trade partner.

The Iranian foreign minister, central bank governor, economy minister, oil minister, and a number of Iranian officials are accompanying the Iranian Parliament speaker on his visit to China.

Also on Wednesday, Larijani held talks with Lee Shoe Young, chairman of Iran-China parliamentary friendship group.

During the meeting, he said that friendly ties between the two countries date back more than 2,000 years, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“No country can damage Iran-China relations,” he said.

Larijani also gave an address to a gathering of professors and students of Renmin University of China.


Ready for cooperation


Larijani voiced Iran’s readiness for cooperation with China in the implementation of the “One Belt, One Road” project, a mega infrastructure project stretching across Asia, Europe and Africa.

He said Iran is fully prepared to provide China with its unique capacities in various fields and in the joint activities on One Belt, One Road project, in areas covering the connection of roads, infrastructures, and energy, according to Press TV.

“One Belt, One Road” is generally known as a mega infrastructure project aimed at promoting trade among countries along the new Silk Road, but the project also includes initiatives for boosting cultural exchanges.

He stressed that Iran’s regional policy is based on the promotion of peace, sustainable development and the welfare of all nations, as well as a negotiated solution to conflicts.


US hostile policies


The top Iranian parliamentarian said America’s hostile unilateral policies, including the imposition of sanctions and trade tariffs on other countries, will fail to harm other nations, including Iran and China.

“The US has adopted a hostile approach toward other nations – in the form of various economic mechanisms such as imposing unilateral, illegal and extra-territorial sanctions or slapping tariffs on other countries’ exports – in an attempt to damage those nations. That includes the civilized Chinese and Iranian nations, but the policy will not succeed,” he added.

Both Iran and China have been the target of Washington’s stepped-up economic pressure tactics under President Donald Trump.

Last May, the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – to which China is also a signatory – and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against Tehran.

China, along with other parties to the deal, has repeatedly defended the nuclear deal and expressed its resolve to keep the accord in place.

Washington has been engaged in economic tensions with Beijing over the past months, in what observers fear could turn into an all-out trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

The tensions escalated last year when the Trump administration applied tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, while Beijing retaliated with its own duties on $110 billion worth of US merchandise.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani stressed that Iran expects the remaining parties to the Iran deal to fulfill their obligations under the nuclear agreement, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Although the parties to the JCPOA have turned down the illegitimate US request [to leave the deal] and tried to save it, we expect them to protect the agreement, honor multilateralism, and completely meet their commitments, not succumbing to force,” he said.



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