A member of China-Iran Friendship Association, believes that Tehran has plenty of potentials for contributing to the New Silk Road, but still has not fully utilized these capacities to enter the One Belt, One Road project.
Tabriz, the capital city of East Azarbaijan Province, has been a setting for cultural exchanges since antiquity and its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centers along the Silk Road.
Iranian policy makers have been focusing on the new economic and political capacities of the Far East and the Middle East. Playing an important role in the Silk Road international project is an instance of the policy.
Although new Silk Road Plan's priority is to promote trade, it may also influence the social, cultural and political fields and Iran as the sole country which owns huge energy resources is able to play role as a center to provide oil and gas for this plan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping criticized protectionism on Monday at a summit positioning Beijing as a champion of globalization, but several European nations spoiled attempts to win full backing for his trade agenda.