TEHRAN – China’s Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen says bright future awaits for boosting economic cooperation between Iran and China and promised recent banking hurdles to be removed soon.
In meeting with Iranian economic activists at Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, Sen pointed to the historic relation between both states which dates back to 2,000 years, adding that Iran-China relation did not change even during the sanctions era and both states kept the relation in good level. He added that the implementation of the JCPOA created a better condition for cooperation between both states, adding that China’s president visit to Tehran in 2016 boosted the level of cooperation.
He also pointed to the agreement between both states for expanding cooperation in reviving the Silk Road. Sen pointed to some big projects which are underway, adding that the joint Iran-China-Total project in the South Pars will start soon.
Sen also pointed to some actions which were taken by the China’s government to ease visa process and called for more cooperation in tourism industry, reiterating that it depends on travel agencies’ efforts. He also announced China is to hold an international conference on tourism, noting that some representatives from Iran have also been invited to attend it.
He urged media outlets of both states for disseminating positive news. Reacting to the disclosure of banking accounts of some economic activists or Chinese banks passiveness in banking services with Iran, the Chinese diplomat called for patience, adding that everything will be alright soon. He said China’s government has chosen a bank for providing banking services to Iranian traders, adding that the bank continues its job despite restrictions from the U.S.
Sen reiterated that governments of both states have worked together to remove hurdles in the way of banking cooperation despite restrictions from the FATF.
He reiterated that Chinese banks are commercial and the government cannot impose itself on them but the way is open for financing, pointing to recent agreements between two Chinese banks with Iran.
Meanwhile Asadollah Asgaroladi, a member of Tehran’s Chamber, said that the current trade volume of both countries in 2017 has been around $15b and it is expected the figure to reach $40b which has been set as a target.
He also asked China’s ambassador to issue one-year visa for Iranian businessmen to ease economic cooperation. He also urged China to remove hurdles in banking sector which has led to disclosure of accounts of Iranian businessmen.