Beijing is supporting Tehran’s bid for formal membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at Astana summit
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Thursday, 08 June, 2017
China’s decision to throw its weight behind Iran’s bid to join a Beijing-backed security grouping is a reflection of its long game of pursuing a balanced Middle East policy, say analysts. ran’s application to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be discussed at this year’s two-day summit which began on Thursday in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana. Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending the meeting.