The Heat: China-Iran Relations

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an effort to deepen the two countries’ strategic partnership.

For the first time since taking office in 2021, the Iranian president traveled to Beijing for a state visit at the invitation of President Xi. 

The two leaders pledged to accelerate implementation of their 25-year cooperation agreement covering energy, trade and infrastructure under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. 

Joining the discussion:

  • Mohammad Marandi is the Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of Tehran. 
  • Ali Akbar Dareini is a researcher and writer at the journal of the Center of Strategic Studies in Tehran.  
  • Yan Liang is a Chair Professor of Economics at Willamette University. 
  • Einar Tangen is a Senior Fellow at the Taihe Institute and Chairman of Asia Narratives in Beijing.