China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations

China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations

China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations

China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations

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The partnership between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China presents a unique challenge to U.S. interests and objectives, including dissuading Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. This paper examines factors driving Chinese-Iranian cooperation, potential tensions in the Chinese-Iranian partnership, and U.S. policy options for influencing this partnership in order to meet U.S. objectives.

This research was conducted within the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, part of International Programs at the RAND Corporation. The center aims to improve public policy by providing decisionmakers and the public with rigorous, objective research on critical policy issues affecting the Middle East.

For more information of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, see http:// www.rand.org/international_programs/cmepp/or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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