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Need to Look East to Improve Economy

President Hassan Rouhani attended the SCO summit where he discussed bilateral relations with a number of his counterparts, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin of Russia.President Hassan Rouhani attended the SCO summit where he discussed bilateral relations with a number of his counterparts, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Javad Mansouri, Iran’s former ambassador in Beijing, also maintains that Tehran should seize the opportunity to strengthen its economic and commercial relations with China, which is one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil

There is a need for authorities in Tehran to rethink policy and move closer to the East if it wants to minimize the negative impact of economic sanctions amid the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, according to officials and political experts.  
President Hassan Rouhani's trip to China last week to attend an economic and security forum provided a "golden opportunity" for his administration to cement Tehran's economic and political ties with world’s second economic power to enable the country withstand mounting pressure from the West, says Shahbaz Hassanpour, a lawmaker.  

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