Chinese Senior Official Visits Tehran
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun ended his visit to Tehran on Thursday after talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and other senior officials amid growing tensions over Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz if new sanctions were to curtail the country’s ability to export oil.
“China hopes that peace and stability can be maintained in the strait,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters on Thursday [Reuters, 30 December].
China imported 547,000 barrels per day of crude from Iran this year, up from 426,000 barrels per day in 2010. Only Saudi Arabia and Angola sell more oil to China.