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China, Iran Upgrade Ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
   2016-01-24 06:11:24    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L front) attends a grand welcome ceremony before talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R front) in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Ju Peng]

Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his first international trip of the year with a series of meetings with Iran's top leadership.

As part of the Chinese President's meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the two sides have agreed to expand their diplomatic relationship to what's known as a comprehensive strategic partnership.

CRI's Wang Mengzhen has the details.

 

Xi Jinping says the gesture signals the two sides want to open up the relationship to different areas over the long-term.

"This is my first trip to Iran seeking to meet Iranian officials and a new chapter in Iran-China relations. We are going to increase pragmatic co-operation in various areas and further consolidate friendship between the two nations."

Xi Jinping's trip to Iran is the first by a Chinese President in 14-years.

While China and Iran have only had diplomatic ties since 1990, a lot has been made about the historical ties between China and Iran, which can be traced back well over a thousand years.

But at the same time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is suggesting the future is where Iran is interested in looking when it comes to China.

"Today, we discussed strategic relations between the two countries, regulating and signing a comprehensive 25-year document and also upgrading bilateral ties in the coming ten years. We decided to increase mutual trade up to 600 billion dollars."

Beyond the diplomatic front, the Chinese President says the two also discussed a number of tangible issues.

"We have reached consensus to enhance all-round cooperation in the energy sector, so as to establish long-term stable cooperative ties in the area of energy. Meanwhile, we have also agreed to collaborate in infrastructure and industrial parks construction. China is ready to provide funding to Iran, in an effort to strengthen bilateral cooperation at all levels. "

Hassan Rouhani also says Iran wants to be an active player in the Chinese government's "Belt and Road" Initiative, as well as the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Both leaders have also agreed to set up an annual meetings between the Foreign Ministers of China and Iran.

The Chinese side has also confirmed its support for Iran to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

As part of his time in Iran, Xi Jinping also sat down with Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, as well as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promising China's commitment to safeguarding security, peace and stability in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Iran was the last leg of the Chinese President's 5-day trip to the Middle East, which also took him to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Related:

China-Iran Joint Statement on the Establishment of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

China, Iran Oppose Unjust Sanctions against Other Countries

China Supports Iran's Application for Full Membership of SCO

Iranians Upbeat on Energy Cooperation with China

Observers: Xi's Visit to Middle East Making History

 

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