Jan 18, 2018, 4:46 PM
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Iran-China trade growth exceeds 20 percent in 2017: Envoy

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA – Trade exchanges between Iran and China rose by 20.5 percent in the first 11-month period of the past year, the Chinese envoy to Tehran said on Thursday.

Speaking at the first international conference on Iran and China relations, Pang Sen said that cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the Chinese initiative 'One Belt, One Road' on transportation, oil, gas, petrochemical, metallurgy, construction and infrastructure is increasing.

The initiative, introduced by China President Xi Jinping in 2013, is aimed at developing relations and connectivity among countries through restoring the ancient Silk Road.

'Iran and China as two important countries located along the Silk Road are involved in mutual cooperation,' Sen said.

He also said that trade exchanges between Iran and China in the first 11-month period of the year 2017 grew by 20.5 percent, reaching to 33.66 billion dollars.

Expressing his condolence on the tragic incident that left 30 Iranian sailors dead, the ambassador said that the incident would not leave any negative impact on Iran-China relations.

'Enhancing tourism cooperation is a main topic in boosting human relations between Tehran and Beijin,' the diplomat said.

A specialized exhibition on tourism and trade, writing and photography contest are among the events that are being held on the sidelines of the conference in Tehran.

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