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Iran has traditionally looked west towards Europe for trading and investment partners. But she is increasingly frustrated by European countries that have opposed Mr. Trump`s policies but have implicitly withdrawn from the agreements promised by the nuclear deal. In the final months of Sri Lanka`s 2015 elections, China`s ambassador broke with diplomatic norms and defended voters, even caddies on Colombo`s largest golf course, to support Rajapaksa on the opposition, which has threatened to dissolve economic agreements with the Chinese government. Last September, when reports were made about a long-term investment agreement with Iran, China`s Foreign Ministry skidded. A spokesman, Zhao Lijian, last week left open the question of whether an agreement was being developed. Indian leaders, in particular, fear that Sri Lanka will fight to the point that the Chinese government, in exchange for the military`s use of assets such as the port of Hambantota, could end debt relief, while the final lease agreement prohibits military activities there without Sri Lanka`s invitation. Iranian government officials have publicly stated that there is an outstanding agreement with China and an Iranian official, as well as several people who discussed it with the Iranian government, confirmed that it was the document obtained by the Times, which is called the "final version" and dates back to June 2020. However, the proposed partnership has sparked a lively debate within Iran. Zarif, the foreign minister who visited Beijing last October to negotiate the deal, faced hostile questions in Parliament last week on the issue. When Sri Lanka had the choice, it was the Crown corporation that would take control: either China Harbor or China Merchants Port, in accordance with the final agreement, a copy of which was received from the Times when it was never fully published. The partnership, outlined in an 18-part agreement, obtained by the New York Times, would significantly strengthen China`s presence in the banking, telecommunications, ports, railways and dozens of other projects. In exchange, over the next 25 years, China would benefit from a steady supply - and, according to an Iranian official and an oil trader, highly updated - of Iranian oil.

Zarif said the agreement would be submitted to Parliament for final approval. He has the backing of Iran`s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, two Iranian officials said. At a time when the United States is hit by recession and coronavirus and is increasingly isolated on the international stage, Beijing is feeling the American weakness. The draft agreement with Iran shows that China, unlike most countries, is capable of defying the United States, powerful enough to withstand U.S. sanctions, as was the case during President Trump`s trade war. "The United States will continue to bear costs to Chinese companies that will help Iran, the world`s largest national sponsor of terrorism," a State Department spokeswoman wrote about the draft agreement. Months of talks with Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Western officials and analysis of the documents and agreements of the port project clearly show how China and the companies under its control have secured their interests in a small country hungry for financing. The projects - nearly 100 are mentioned in the draft agreement - are very much in line with Mr Xi`s ambitions to extend his economic and strategic influence over Eurasia through the Belt and Road Initiative, a vast aid and investment programme. The agreement also proposes that China set up infrastructure for a 5G telecommunications network, offer China`s new Global Positioning System Beidou and help the Iranian authorities gain greater control over what flows through cyberspace, probably like China`s great firewall.

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