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What is behind China and Iran's 'strategic' deal? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera, 31 Mar 2021
It's been in the works since 2016, and dubbed a 'comprehensive strategic partnership'.
The deal signed between China and Iran is expected to boost their long-standing economic and political alliance.
The cooperation will cover a wide range of Chinese investments in Iran's most important sectors, including energy and infrastructure.
It's the first long-term agreement of its type to be signed by Iran with a major world power.
And comes at a tough time for Iran's economy that's been devastated by U.S. sanctions.
What do both countries stand to gain?
And should people be worried, in the Middle East and beyond?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida

Einar Tangen, Political and Economic Analyst.
Hamed Mousavi, Professor of Political Science at Tehran University.
Theresa Fallon, Director of Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies.

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