Iran’s popular news website Tabnak, quoting a report published yesterday at the influential Foreign Policy magazine website, said the Chinese have stopped new investments in Iran’s energy sector and have decided not to backfill business opportunities left open by foreign firms that have left Iran due to sanctions against the country [Tabnak, 21 January].
The Chinese assurances of no new investments in Iran were given personally to President Obama by the visiting Chinese President Hu on Wednesday at the White House. The aides to President Obama have told Foreign Policy that the Iran issue has been at the top of the agenda on the U.S.-China relationship.
"In all the meetings between the president and President Hu and our high-level interactions, there was no issue that occupied as much time and attention as Iran. It was absolutely at the top of the agenda in pretty much every meeting," a senior US official has told FP.
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