China’s Investment Boom in Iran Could Be Derailed If the U.S. Imposes New Sanctions

Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23, 2016 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23, 2016 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).

The lifting of international economic sanctions on Iran following the 2015 nuclear agreement opened the doors to what many observers expected to be a rush of foreign investment. Yet lingering restrictions from the United States and the decision in October by the Trump administration to decertify the Iran deal have kept some European firms at bay, while China has exploited opportunities in their absence. In an email interview, Nader Habibi, the Henry J. Leir professor of economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies, discusses China’s involvement in Iran before and after the nuclear […]

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