China seeking closer economic ties with Iran
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli says Beijing is willing to further promote economic relations with Tehran as an important partner.
In a Tuesday meeting with visiting Iranian Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Ali Tayyeb-Nia, the Chinese official said Beijing seeks closer cooperation with Tehran in different economic arenas.
He said that Iran is an important partner for China, adding his country highly values friendly ties with the Islamic Republic.
Zhang also lauded Tehran-Beijing cooperation in other sectors.
Tayyeb-Nia, for his part, said Iran attaches great significance to its ties with China.
He said that Iran hopes to further develop cooperation with China in economy, finance, trade, investment and energy.
Tayyeb-Nia, who paid an official visit to China to discuss economic ties, earlier on Monday held a meeting with Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.
He said that Iran is ready to meet Chinese needs for energy and welcomes Chinese investment in its development projects.
Lou, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of cooperation between Tehran and Beijing, saying Chinese officials have always made efforts to promote economic ties with Iran.
China has become Iran’s largest trading partner and top oil consumer. The Islamic Republic is currently China's third largest supplier of crude.