- China is poised to increase economic
and diplomatic cooperation
with Iran as a result of sanctions
relief under the recent Iran nuclear
deal, though a close geopolitical
alignment between the two states
- Sino-Iranian relations will remain
limited by several enduring constraints,
including China’s desire for
positive ties with other states, its
pursuit of energy diversification,
and its need for regional stability.
- Renewed Chinese arms sales to
Iran could constitute an emerging
challenge for the United States.
This could increase Iran’s antiaccess/
area-denial threat to U.S. military
forces and create proliferation risks.
- U.S. officials should press Chinese
interlocutors to avoid exporting
advanced weapons, which could
embolden Iran to conduct a more
brazen foreign policy that would
threaten China’s fundamental need
for regional stability.
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