The proposed 25-year roadmap between Iran and China, titled “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between I.R. Iran and P.R. China”, has unsettled foes and alarmed fellow-Iranians. Subsequent to the unilateral US withdrawal from the JCPOA, or the nuclear deal, the prospect of a long-term all-inclusive energy and security deal with China gave the impression that Iran was, as the West saw it, falling into the lap of China; to become a client state.

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