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Iran, China sign long-term economic deal

The deal between Iran and China is more of a “road map” than a specific deal. 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, pose for a picture after signing an agreement in the capital, Tehran, on March 27, 2021. Iran and China signed what state television called a "25-year strategic cooperation pact" today as the US rivals move closer together. The agreement, which has been kept almost entirely under wraps, was signed by the two countries' foreign ministers, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Wang Yi, an AFP correspondent reported.

Iran and China signed an agreement for long-term economic cooperation over the weekend that had been in the works for years. The deal gives China a stronger presence in one of the most populous countries in the Middle East and gives Iran a lifeline as it continues to battle US economic sanctions.

The signing by the foreign ministers of Iran and China created a stir both on social media and regular news outlets, so much so that Iranian media outlets wrote a number of explanations and clarifications.

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