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Are China’s growing ties with Gulf states coming at Iran’s expense?

Recent trade and geopolitical moves by Beijing in the Gulf leave Iran wondering about the state of their alliance.
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Having signed a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement with Iran almost two years ago, China is due to discuss additional economic cooperation. But for the most part, the arrangements remain vague as geopolitical tensions rise.  

Arriving in Saudi Arabia last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a series of meetings with the leadership of the Gulf states and pledged to create a “collective security framework” to stabilize the region. Following Xi's summit with Arab leaders, a joint communique was also issued which undermined Beijing’s strategic partner, Iran, by showing solidarity with some regional countries demands from Tehran. 

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