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China has reduced oil imports from Iran, zero revenues for Tehran

An oil tanker is seen at a crude oil terminal in Ningbo Zhoushan port, Zhejiang province, China May 16, 2017. Picture taken May 16, 2017. (Reuters) March 28, 2020 Data received by Radio Farda show that since January Iran’s crude oil exports to China have dropped further to less than 220,000 barrels per [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran official says Chinese nationals, Iranian students from Wuhan spread coronavirus

Iranian students repatriated from Wuhan arrived in Tehran on February 5. (Supplied) March 26, 2020 In a video conference with reporters on Wednesday, Iran's Deputy Health Minister said coronavirus spread in Qom by Chinese workers and students, and in Gilan by Iranian students coming back from Wuhan. Alireza Raeesi said an epidemiology team [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran, China amplify each other’s allegations of US coronavirus culpability

A city worker disinfects a bus stop sign because of the new coronavirus in Tehran, March 5, 2020. (AP) March 25, 2020 Iran and China have been amplifying each other’s allegations that the United States initiated the coronavirus pandemic. Both countries have used their state-approved media to highlight shared narratives rejected as false [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Seoul planning humanitarian trade with Iran to help fight coronavirus epidemic

People wait in line to receive protective supplies for COVID-19 provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment, in Tehran, March 15, 2020. (AFP) March 24, 2020 South Korean foreign ministry announced March 22 that Seoul is exploring ways to provide humanitarian assistance to Iran to fight the coronavirus [...]

By |March 24th, 2020|East Asia|

UAE helps evacuate South Korean nationals from Iran

Iranian residents, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. (AFP) March 20, 2020 The UAE helped evacuate 80 people from Iran including 74 South Koreans and six Iranian family members, a step the country has taken in response to a request by the South Korean [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|East Asia, UAE|

Iran Guard’s Mahan Air continued flights to China amid coronavirus outbreak

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. (AP) March 19, 2020 Mahan Air continued to fly to four Chinese cities in the past three weeks, and may have contributed to the steep rise in coronavirus cases [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|East Asia|

U.S. blacklists Chinese, South African companies over Iran oil trade

The US Treasury Department building in Washington.. (AFP) March 19, 2020 The United States on Wednesday identified seven companies that it has blacklisted for trade in Iranian petrochemicals - three based in mainland China, three in Hong Kong and one in South Africa - the State Department said in a statement. Separately, the [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Africa, East Asia, North America, USA|

Sunni cleric in Iran accuses Chinese Shiite students of spreading coronavirus

Molavi Abdolhamid the spiritual leader for Iran's Sunni minority. (Supplied) March 16, 2020 A Shi'a university-seminary in Iran has lambasted the most senior Sunni cleric in the country for protesting novel coronavirus outbreak in Iran through Chinese Shi'ite religious students based in the city of Qom. Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, known as the spiritual [...]

By |March 16th, 2020|East Asia, Minorities|

Dealing with coronavirus reveals cultural differences

Iran's Health Ministry announced the new figures at a news conference Wednesday in Tehran. (ISNA) By Amir Taheri March 14, 2020 Having started as a local public health issue in China, the corona epidemic has now morphed into a global economic and even political threat. It has also put the limelight on the manner [...]

By |March 14th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

6,000 stranded Indians desperate to return from Iran

Indian protesters demand evacuation from Iran during a protest in front of the Indian embassy in Tehran on March 12, 2020. (Supplied) March 14, 2020 Kayvann Shah has been camping outside the Indian embassy in Tehran for more than two weeks, waiting for his government to evacuate him and thousands of others from [...]

By |March 14th, 2020|East Asia, India|