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The China-Mediterranean Observer: Trying to Make Sense of the Proposed China-Iran Deal

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on December 31, 2019. Noel CELIS / POOL / AFP

In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we cannot but pay great attention to how the discussion on the yet-to-be-finalized agreement between China and Iran has evolved in the Iranian media. Other important issues that we found in the media published in the wider Mediterranean region include the discussion on how to balance the relations between the West and China in Lebanon, Sino-French competition in North Africa, and discording views on China in Italy.

On June 23, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted a message in Chinese on Twitter stating that “we reached an agreement on deepening of comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries, promoting of bilateral 25-year cooperation plan and supporting each other in international issues.”

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