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Pandemic not likely to stop China from building influence in Iran

Iran's FM Javad Zarif and China's FM Wang Yi shake hands at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore, Aug 3, 2018. (REUTERS) April 02, 2020 The stalling of Iran’s sanctions-hit economy as it battles the coronavirus is unlikely to stop China’s long-running pursuit of infrastructure projects in [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|East Asia|

US expected to renew sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work

The nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of capital Tehran, 23, 2019. (AFP) March 31, 2020 The United States is expected to allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, four sources familiar with the matter said [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|East Asia, Europe, North America, USA|

How an Iranian airline tied to terrorism likely spread the virus ‘and lied about it’

An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport, March 1, 2017. (AFP) By Kevjn Lim March 30, 2020 There are many reasons why Iran has become the Middle East’s flaming epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. They include the government trying to hide the outbreak; insufficient testing capacity; refusal to [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

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|