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Iran Leans Into Ties With China to Ease the Sanctions Burden From the U.S., Say Scholars

HEADLINE TRANSLATION: Iran "Looks East," Focusing More on Its Own Domestic Development and the East

Iran’s shift away from engagement with the U.S. and Europe and towards China is the key theme of this week’s visit to Beijing by President Ebrahim Raisi, according to two of China’s leading Mideast scholars.

Professor Ding Long from Shanghai International Studies University and Li Shaoxian from Ningxia University both emphasized in an interview with Liberation Daily (解放日报), one of China’s largest newspapers, the important role that China is playing in helping Iran undermine U.S. efforts to isolate the country:

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