The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

China's foreign energy policy towards Iran

Yu Guoqing

Following the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Middle East was not among the priorities of China’s foreign strategy. After the Bandung Conference in 1955, however, China started promoting relations with Arab states. Between 1956 and 1990, China established official relations with all Arab states. The first was Egypt in 1956, the last was Saudi Arabia in 1990. China established diplomatic relations with Iran in 1971.

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