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

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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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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.