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As sanctions bite, Iran's Raisi talks business in China  

The trip came at a moment of increasing international isolation, which has left Iran with fewer options than ever before in selling its lifeline oil.  
President Xi Jinping held talks with President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran on his state visit to China on Feb. 14, 2023.

TEHRAN — Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in China on Tuesday for a three-day state visit, where according to his spokesman, trade was topping the agenda.

Raisi is heading a high-level delegation comprising ministers of oil, finance, transport, agriculture, industry and foreign affairs as well as the country's top nuclear negotiator and the central bank governor.  

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