Beijing always respects Iran’s sovereignty, territorial integrity: China deputy PM
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has met with the visiting Chinese deputy prime minister in the capital Tehran, with the latter stressing that Beijing has invariably recognized and respected Iran's territorial integrity and interests.
The meeting took place on Tuesday after Hu Chunhua, heading a high-ranking trade and economic delegation, arrived in Tehran to pursue the implementation of the 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement between China and Iran.
Raeisi underlined that the relations between Tehran and Beijing have been expanding since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, saying, however, "Some positions raised during the Chinese president’s recent visit to the region caused dissatisfaction and grievance among the people and in the government of Iran, and Iran's serious demand is for [China] to make up for the declared positions.”
He praised the presence of the Chinese delegation in Iran as “significant” for the development of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
Raeisi pointed to the important agreements reached in the previous meetings of the two countries’ presidents and emphasized efforts made by the officials in both sides to implement them.
Hu, for his part, conveyed the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s warm greetings to the Iranian president and emphasized Beijing’s interest in further developing relations with Tehran.
He said China's resolve to develop relations with strong Iran is a permanent strategy of his country.
“China will preserve the determination to strengthen and deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, regardless of regional and international developments,” he said.
The Chinese deputy premier reaffirmed, “China has always respected the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran and supports Iran's efforts to secure its basic interests.”
Hu went on to say that the two sides are taking a big step toward the implementation of a strategic partnership agreement with the beginning of the joint investment operations of tens of billions of dollars and the development of economic, industrial, energy, transit, financial and banking cooperation.
Iran and China signed a landmark 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement in March 2021 in defiance of the US’ unilateral sanctions.
The deal officially documents the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that was announced during a visit by Xi to Tehran in 2016. It sets the outlines of the two countries’ cooperation in political, cultural, security, defense, regional, and international domains for the next 25 years.
the Chinese president met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh on Thursday and signed a China-Saudi partnership pact to deepen bilateral ties after receiving a lavish reception by the ultra-conservative de facto leader.
The pact was widely bashed by critics and censured as a disregard for the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, raising speculations that Beijing was reviewing longstanding ties with Tehran.