Iran and China to finalize 25-year Strategic Partnership
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Internation Affairs; Policies affecting India’s interests
- Iran and China are close to finalize a 25-year Strategic Partnership.
- The Comprehensive Plan for Cooperation between Iran and China will include Chinese involvement in Chabahar’s duty-free zone, an oil refinery nearby, and possibly a larger role in Chabahar port as well.
- Iran decided to go head on its own with the construction of a railway line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, dropping India, which had signed MoU in 2016.
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- Iran proposed a tie-up between the Chinese-run Pakistani port at Gwadar and Chabahar last year, and has offered interests to China in the Bandar-e-Jask port 350km away from Chabahar, as well as in the Chabahar duty-free zone.
- Iran-China deal impinges on India’s “strategic ties” with Iran and the use of Chabahar port.