China’s trade with Iran to continue unhindered, opens rail link
China’s trade with Iran to continue unhindered, opens rail link by Frank Sellers – The Duran
China has no intention of shelving it just because the US says so
China has opened a railway link with Iran almost coincidental with Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on the Middle Eastern country, with more sanctions being introduced, and potentially more on the way.
While the US is trying to scare other nations and their corporations away from doing any business with Iran, not everyone is paying it heed. China has built a railway link to Iran which they are now opening up for use, and has no intention of shelving it just because the US says so.
Eurasia Review reports:
Beijing has officially opened its new train route to Iran, as the US urges its companies to wind down their operations with Tehran.
As US President Donald Trump hardens his confrontational attitude to Tehran, tearing up the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than ready to grab the opportunity for trade by opening a new international railroad connecting Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China’s Inner Mongolia region.
The exact route of the railroad is yet to be disclosed, as there are currently several major railroad projects, some of them even including China’s biggest regional rival, India. But, considering Bayannur is located near the northern border of China and there’s already an international railroad to Kazakhstan there, it is likely that the new trade route goes through the territories of former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
According to the Washington Post, China has sent the inaugural train from Bayannur carrying — you’ll never guess — 1,150 tons of sunflower seeds, because Bayannur is China’s biggest sunflower seed production area. China exports some 180,000 tons of sunflower seeds every year, supplying Middle Eastern, European and US markets, according to Xinhua.