Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Backing for Iran is part of China’s delicate Middle East balancing act, say analysts

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.