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Is Iran at risk of becoming a Chinese colony?

Iranian officials do not seem to be aware of China's imperial and culturally superior mindset. (IRNA) By Shireen T. Hunter September 16, 2019 According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement they had reached in 2016 called [...]

By |September 16th, 2019|East Asia|

Trump administration nears target of zero oil exports by Iran

An Iranian oil tanker is seen floating on the Caspian Sea, as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami attends the opening ceremony 29 April 2004, of the Neka oil terminal on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) September 12, 2019 Data received by Radio Farda show that the combined onshore Iranian oil inventories and floating storage have [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|East Asia, Europe, North America, USA|

U.S. to monitor Iranian oil shipments, will eye Chinese purchases

An oil tanker carrying crude oil arriving in Zhoushan, China. (Getty) September 11, 2019 Chinese oil companies such as Sinopec [SASADZ.UL], CNOOC Ltd and others have managed to reduce their shipments of Iranian oil but it is unclear which Chinese government parties might still be buying Iranian oil, a senior U.S. energy official [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

China’s great game in Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi iduring their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China February 19, 2019. (REUTERS) By Alex Vatanka September 7, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to the G-7 summit in France late last month was a surprise to [...]

By |September 7th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran’s oil exports decline to below 200,000 barrels p/d in August

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) September 6, 2019 Figures received by Radio Farda from Kpler, a data intelligence firm show Iran’s oil exports in August declined to 160,000 barrels per day, versus 365,000 in July. Last year in August Iran exported around two million [...]

By |September 6th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

Japan urges Iran to abide by nuclear deal

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) August 29, 2019 Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he urged Iran to abide by a 2015 nuclear deal during a meeting on Tuesday with his [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran’s Zarif heading to Asia in push against US sanctions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. (AP) August 24, 2019 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to East Asia on Sunday, his office said, as part of a diplomatic push to win relief from biting US sanctions. Zarif would visit China, Japan and Malaysia fresh on the heels of a tour [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|East Asia|

Allow Iranian women to attend matches, says Asian soccer official

A select group of women watched the friendly with Bolivia in Azadi Stadium in Tehran on October 16, 2018. (ISNA) August 21, 2019 Iranian women should be allowed to attend men's World Cup qualifiers in the Islamic Republic later this year, a top Asian soccer official said Tuesday, ramping up pressure on Tehran [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|East Asia, Woman|

China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade US sanctions on Iran

An oil tanker carrying crude oil arriving in Zhoushan, China. (Getty) August 16, 2019 While in the Indian Ocean heading toward the Strait of Malacca, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark on June 5, shutting off the transponder that signals its position and direction to other ships, ship-tracking data [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|East Asia|

Would China sanction Iran to stop an Israeli attack?

While China is continuing to benefit from Iran’s energy resources, Iran is struggling to use its earnings to purchase Chinese exports. (IRNA) August 7, 2019 Since the United States increased its sanctions against Iran in May, the nuclear standoff with Tehran has yet to settle down. One of the ways the Islamic republic [...]

By |August 7th, 2019|East Asia, Isreal|