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The China-Mediterranean Observer: In Forging Closer Ties With China, Iran Wants to Avoid Past Mistakes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) take part in a welcoming ceremony on January 23, 2016 in the capital Tehran. STR/AFP

As per usual, the articles published by the wider Mediterranean region’s media offer interesting insights into how China is perceived. Among the most valuable ones, we found commentaries published in Iran that further shed light on the local perception of the much-discussed new cooperation agreement between Beijing and Tehran. China’s role in Gulf and eastern Mediterranean security, the fate of the China-Iraq “oil-for-investment” deal, and Chinese investments in Israel are also among the topics that we cover in this issue of the ChinaMed Observer.


In Iran, the newspapers Etemad and Donya-e-Eqtesad published a number of articles that reveal how Iran understands China’s goals in their relationship, and how past interactions with China have shaped today’s cautious approach of the Iranian government. According to Etemad, Iran made three mistakes in its past dealings with China that should not be repeated again:

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