Home > News > World
Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 5:21:40 PM
Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 5:23:21 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants deeper defence ties with Iran, Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told his Iranian counterpart on Monday, according to Chinese state media, as Beijing moves to cement already close ties with a major oil supplier.
Chang told Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan the development of bilateral relations has "remained positive and steady, featuring frequent high-level exchanges and deepened political mutual trust", the official Xinhua news agency said.
Chang is "confident that the friendly relations between the two countries as well as the armed forces will be reinforced" due to "increased mutual visits and personnel training cooperation between the armed forces", Xinhua added.
Dehqan "voiced the hope that the two countries will continue to play a positive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability", the agency said.
It gave no other details.
China has exported arms to Iran, and last month expressed anger after Washington laid charges against a Chinese businessman accused of allegedly procuring missile parts for Iran. [ID:nL3N0NM185]
China and Iran have close energy and trade ties, and Beijing has repeatedly resisted U.S.-led demands to impose tougher economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.
However, differences have arisen between China and Iran in the development of Iran's oil and gas resources.
Last month, Iran terminated China National Petroleum Corp's (CNPC) contract to develop the Azadegan oilfield after the Chinese energy giant ignored repeated appeals to work on it.[ID:nL6N0NM2D3]
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Iran to give U.N. inspectors more access to nuclear sites
U.S., Iran voice optimism and caution after rare encounter
Japan stands by apologies for war aggression as textbook row re-emerges
Iran strengthened cyber capabilities after Stuxnet - U.S. general
Factbox: U.N. Security Council action on the Syrian conflict
Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes
Federal charges appear unlikely in Ferguson police shooting - Washington Post
Mike Tyson says he was sexually abused as a child
China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief
Bodies not yet recovered from site of Kansas airport plane crash
U.S.'s Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal
F1 teams play down talk of U.S. GP boycott
Coconut Cake with White Chocolate Ganache
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)