Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA
Neeta Lal
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Neeta Lal

How the China-Iran economic and security deal endangers India’s strategic interests in the Middle East

  • The deal, which throws Iran a vital lifeline and gives China access to Iran’s hydrocarbon reserves, imperils India’s strategic stake in the Chabahar port project

Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed to the presidential palace in Tehran by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on January 23, 2016. The foundations for the China-Iran trade and military deal were laid during this visit. Photo: EPA
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Neeta Lal

Neeta Lal

Delhi-based journalist and editor Neeta Lal has worked with India's leading publications in her three-decade career. She writes for over 20 publications worldwide and was nominated for World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence 2014 and SOPA Awards 2014. A postgraduate in English literature, she has also been a scholar at the International Summer School, Norway and Concordia University, Canada, and has travelled to 72 countries.