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Iran lawmaker warns about spread of Coronavirus by Chinese tourists

Iran Health Ministry Officials say passengers arriving from China are screened for Coronavirus at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport. (Fars) January 27, 2020 An Iranian lawmaker on Saturday warned the Health Ministry to prevent a deadly Coronavirus outbreak in Iran by taking preventative measures or even canceling the programs of a two-week winter [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran-China trade dropped by one-third in 2019

China has remained Iran's biggest trade partner even after the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions. (AFP) January 25, 2020 In its most recent report China's General Administration of Customs said that trade with Iran significantly dropped in 2019; by about one-third. At $13.434 billion last year, Iranian exports to China dropped by more than [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran’s Petropars developing South Pars gas field after withdrawal of foreign companies

A general view shows a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015. (REUTERS) January 25, 2020 Iran’s Petropars will develop phase 11 of South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, after the withdrawal of French oil major Total and the China National Petroleum [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|East Asia, Europe|

U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions on two people, six companies

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. (Reuters) January 23, 2020 The United States on Thursday said it blacklisted two companies based in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and one in Dubai for helping Iran’s [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran teams’ AFC Champions League matches moved to UAE

Shahr Khodro FC of Iran v Riffa of Bahrain and Iran’s Esteghlal FC v Kuwait SC — will now be played in the UAE. (Supplied) January 22, 2020 Two Iranian football clubs’ AFC Champions League preliminary round matches have been moved to a neutral country because of security fears, Asia football’s governing body [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|East Asia, UAE|

Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Mourners surround a car carrying the coffins of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US air strike in Baghdad, on January 4, 2020. (AFP) January 7, 2020 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq|

Japan’s resistance to Iranian charm offensive is trouble for Iran’s economic strategy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2019. (REUTERS) By Pooya Stone December 31, 2019 As President Hassan Rouhani was concluding his two-day visit to Japan, international media gave little indication that his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had yielded any significant developments. [...]

By |December 31st, 2019|East Asia|

Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 28, 2019 Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions since [...]

By |December 28th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Iran is looking at Asia as a lifeline

Cars of the Iranian delegation are seen parked outside a building of the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China, May 13, 2018. (REUTERS) By Majid Rafizadeh December 27, 2019 The Islamic Republic is tilting toward Asian countries in an unprecedented fashion. In the last few months, Iranian officials have increased their high-level talks and [...]

By |December 27th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran to hold joint, four-day navy drill with Russia, China

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 26, 2019 Iran’s armed forces will hold a joint, four-day naval exercise with Russia and China in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, a spokesman said Wednesday. The drill, which is to start on Saturday, will be the first [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|