China and Iran

China and Iran: Economic, Political, and Military Relations

Scott Harold
Alireza Nader
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 46
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    China and Iran
    Book Description:

    The partnership between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China presents a unique challenge to U.S. interests and objectives, including dissuading Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. This paper examines factors driving Chinese-Iranian cooperation, potential tensions in the Chinese-Iranian partnership, and U.S. policy options for influencing this partnership to meet U.S. objectives.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7827-8
    Subjects: History, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Table
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  7. China and Iran: Economic, Political and Military Relations
    (pp. 1-28)

    The Islamic Republic of Iran presents a serious challenge to U.S. interests in the Middle East. The sources of Washington’s discontent with Iran are numerous and include its sponsorship of terrorism, its widespread human rights abuses, its leaders’ penchant for threatening U.S. friends and allies in the Middle East, and its support of anti-American insurgents in Afghanistan. The most important concern for U.S. policymakers, however, is Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. The United States and its allies have sought to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability through a combination of sanctions and engagement. Iran, however,...

  8. Bibliography
    (pp. 29-34)