China Finds New Ally In Iran

China Finds New Ally In Iran
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China is establishing more ties as works out a new agreement with Iran. Furthermore, with its continuing bid over the South China Sea dispute, Beijing claims that many countries are backing its territorial pursuit. Will China win the South China Sea?


Masoud Soltanifar, Iran’s vice president and chairman of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, claimed that the country is expecting better tourism cooperation with China. Furthermore, there were reports about a meeting last May 18 in Beijing that was focused on establishing new policies and investment opportunities regarding the country’s tourism industry.

“Iran will become one of the top 10 hottest tourist destinations in 2016,” China quoted Soltanifar. The report also noted that foreign investors increased by as much as 2.7 percent after the sanctions on Iran were lifted. In turn, the country wants to appeal to more Chinese investors and tourists to revive its industry. Such cooperation could bring in opportunities for China as well.

Apart from establishing new relations with Iran, China has been confident about its position over the South China Sea dispute. In fact, according to new reports, China claims that there are more than 40 countries backing its claims over the disputed region.

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China has refused to honor the upcoming decision of the international tribunal as a result of the case filed by the Philippines.

“As far as I know, there are more than 40 countries that have made statements or made their positions known through all kinds of means,” Reuters quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying during a regular briefing.

“More and more countries are expressing themselves and showing their support for China on the South China Sea issue.”

The official added that unbiased nations would also back China. Some of the countries reportedly backing Beijing include Burundi, Slovenia, Niger and Mozambique.

Also read: South China Sea WW3: China Boasts 40+ Countries Supporting Its Territorial Ambition

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