Iran and China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Between Desirable and Feasible

Online Event
Regions and China's Belt and Road Initiative
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Open to the Public

Experiencing another downturn in its relations with the West, Iran has been more actively “looking to the East” to pursue stronger political and economic cooperation with China. Tehran remains an enthusiastic supporter of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), despite the withdrawal of Chinese companies from a number of projects due to U.S. sanctions. Iran still hopes to benefit from investments, technologies and new connectivity routes promoted under the BRI umbrella. This roundtable will discuss the prospects of Iran becoming a node of the BRI, and the promises and challenges of Chinese investment in the Iranian economy.

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Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.


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