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Iran & China Sign Massive 25-Year Deal: $400BN Chinese Infrastructure Investment For Oil

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Increasingly it appears that so-called "rogue states" and those under Washington's wrath and sanctions are coming together to combat US dominance across the globe. It was a process already set in motion after years of aggressive US attempts to enforce a ban on Iranian and Venezuelan oil, as a prime example.

For starters, China and Russia have been major players in helping to circumvent US attempts to blockade Venezuelan and Iranian crude. Saturday's major China-Iran news to some degree formalizes this, as Reuters reports, "China and Iran, both subject to US sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance."

Via AP


 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday, "Relations between the two countries have now reached the level of strategic partnership and China seeks to comprehensively improve relations with Iran."

"Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic," Wang said. "Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call."

The deal, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, was finalized in a televised signing ceremony, and is rare for the highly isolated Islamic Republic, given the last similar deal with a major power was with Russia all the way back in 2001 and dealt primarily with development of nuclear energy.

The New York Times in its reporting emphasized it's all about China asserting its influence over the Middle East at a moment US power is in retreat.

The past few years have witnessed China rise to be the biggest single-importer of Iranian oil…

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The NY Times said Beijing plans to direct some $400 billion into Iranian infrastructure in exchange for oil as a key part of the deal. 


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