Beijing and Tehran’s Coming Divorce

Is China finally coming around on Iran? For years, Beijing’s steady backing has helped the Iranian regime frustrate international efforts to isolate and penalize it for its nuclear ambitions. This month, however, there are heartening signs that China is reassessing its longstanding strategic partnership with the Islamic Republic.

China has begun to curtail its energy trade with Tehran, responding to new economic sanctions levied against Iran’s central bank by the Obama administration and the increasingly likely prospect of an embargo on Iranian oil by European countries. This month, China’s crude imports from Iran have fallen by some 285,000 barrels daily, more than half the total volume China regularly imports from Iran on a day-to-day basis. Chinese officials, moreover, have signaled that this reduction will continue into February and possibly beyond. Den ganzen Artikel lesen

Siehe auch: Japan to Reduce Iran Oil Imports

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