Iran and China to finalize 25-year Strategic Partnership 

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Iran and China to finalize 25-year Strategic Partnership 

 Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Internation Affairs; Policies affecting India’s interests 

 In news: 

  • 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.

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