A glance at Iran and China cooperation

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Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini

Nowadays, long-term political-economic cooperation is a common mechanism for developing bilateral and regional relations.  One of the issues that has been much discussed in recent days, is the Comprehensive Document of 25-year strategic cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China.

The Islamic Republic of Iran evaluates the promotion of bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China by envisagingthe international realities and the diverse capacities and capabilities of the two countries.

Further that, Iran’s strategy is based on expanding and strengthening its friendly and constructive based mutual relations with others while denying any eastern or western hegemony in such relations.

In this Context, senior officials of the two countries lay the cornerstone of relations by planning their long-term relations over a 25-year period.

This idea was put forward during the visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to Tehran in 2016that was laterwelcomed by both sides.

The overall framework of the plan has been developed over the years, and details are being reviewed by officials from the two countries, which have not yet been finalized.

Iran-China Comprehensive Partnership is a clear roadmap and a guidelinefor rail lying of future relations between the two major countries in the world. bearing in mind the importance ofChinaas one of the world’s top economic powers in the near future and Iran, as one of the significant powers in the West Asian region, The implementation of comprehensive plan can come useful in achieving common gals of complimentary relations, independence of traditional and hegemonic powers and addressing common interests.

Fortunately, bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China have been moving forward in recent years, and the two countries have reached to a considerable level of coordination andconcordance in the international and political arenas.

Simultaneouslyconcurrent with the development of strategic relations between Tehran and Beijing, the enemies of the promotion of these relations arepropounding false interpretations that are more near to rumors than facts.

As we can see, these baseless rumors about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are constantly being raised by some Western officials and the mediawith an intentional focus on the secret nature of this cooperation agenda while rejecting this rumor,with an intentional focus on the secret nature of this cooperation agenda.

That this cooperation is a very public issue and even in the sixth paragraph of the joint statement published during the Chinese President’s visit to Iran in 2016, the parties explicitly expressed their desire to conclude a comprehensive document for 25 years of cooperation.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with its constitutional principles,faces no barrierin concluding comprehensive and long-term agreements with countries in the East and the West. However,when some foreign governments found reluctant in their relations with Iran and need other’s permission for their even normal interactions, for sure they won’t be capable of planning and implementing such long- term cooperation contracts.

Iran’s offer for cooperation was a general one that was perceived by Chinese who has shown independence in developing its relations with Iran and has not tied the promotion of relations to the advice of third countries.

Undoubtedly, Belt-Road initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) aresuitableplatforms for the development of regional cooperation, especially for the three countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China, which can be a unique modelof development not only for us, but as a model of cooperation for other countries in our region.

The writer is the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran