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Military Links Between China and Iran More Than Meets the Eye

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on April 27, 2022. Image via The Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

The visit to Iran by China’s defense minister Wei Fenghe in late April was more than a routine meeting. A new article by the defense experts Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky argues that it signaled closer military links including on drones, arms trade, and intelligence and cyber cooperation.

It charts years-long military exchanges between both sides, which would concern Western powers, especially amid attempts to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran nuclear deal.)

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