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CHINA - CENTRAL ASIA
Afghanistan, Iran, Chinese aid and Shanghai group
Beijing is providing "sincere and selfless help" to Karzai in the form of US$ 24 million to fund infrastructure and scholarships. China is concerned with fundamentalist influence in Xinjiang. It will provide a US$ 10 billion loan for railways, telecommunications and energy pipelines to SCO member states. The group reiterates its opposition to the use of force against Iran, but calls on Iran to be "pragmatic and flexible" in nuclear talks.
14/10/2009 CHINA – RUSSIA
New Moscow-Beijing axis to restrain the West
Russia and China sign deals worth US$ 3.5 billion, agree to develop jointly Central Asian energy resources. Washington forced to look on, silent, as the Taliban extend hand to SCO.
26/02/2007 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow-Beijing axis emerging around weapons and oil, keeping US out
In Russia 2007 will be the Year of China. Beijing buys 90 per cent of its military hardware from Russia and insists on building an oil pipeline between the two countries. The two parties are working together to carve out their spheres of influence in Central Asia.
16/10/2009 CHINA – IRAN
Wen Jiabao calls for “closer ties between China and Iran”
Speaking on the sidelines of the SCO summit, China’s prime minister says the two countries should strengthen cooperation in the energy field and develop bilateral trade, which is now worth US$ 27 billion. He also signalled China’s weariness of new international sanctions against Iran’s clerical regime.
18/06/2009 CHINA – RUSSIA
Beijing and Moscow urge Pyongyang to go back to the negotiating table
Both countries express “serious concern” over escalating tensions in Korea. The economy, currency, trade and bilateral cooperation were discussed during President Hu’s visit. The two powers want to take on greater responsibilities to offset US dominance.
27/03/2009 IRAN – UNITED STATES
Afghanistan might lead to talks between Tehran and Washington
An international conference on Afghanistan in The Hague on 31 March might be a platform for talks between Iran and the United States. For a US official Afghanistan might be a “very productive area” for discussion. The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1979.
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