A 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: XinhuaA 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: Xinhua
A 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: Xinhua

China and Iran: a relationship built on trade, weapons and oil

  • Beijing supplied military hardware to Tehran in the Iran-Iraq war and has been among its top three arms suppliers in the past decade
  • China remains Iran’s top trade partner, but oil imports slumped after US sanctions
Topic |   Iran
A 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: XinhuaA 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: Xinhua
A 1988 exhibition of Chinese missiles in Beijing featured this updated version of the Silkworm, used in the Iran-Iraq war. Photo: Xinhua
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