Growing partnership between China and Iran bears watching in Washington

A growing partnership between America's main Middle East adversary and Asia's rising power bears watching in Washington

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Leaked news this month that China and Iran had come to the verge of signing a 25-year trade and military partnership agreement struck like a geopolitical storm in Washington - a rising rival of America and a long-time foe joining forces to threaten the United States' predominant position in the Middle East.

The agreement ambitiously promises to bring a huge Chinese presence into Iran's economic development, in exchange for a regular supply of heavily discounted Iranian oil.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2020, with the headline Growing partnership between China and Iran bears watching in Washington. Subscribe