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    As Iran prepares for a Trump presidency in Washington, Beijing and Tehran signed a cooperation agreement Monday to conduct joint military drills and “create a collective movement to confront” the threat of terrorism, according to Iran state television.

    The two nations have been strengthening their military relationship in the last few years, sending naval ships to each other’s ports, helping to set the stage for the pact to be signed by Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and his Iranian counterpart General Hossein Dehghan. 

    (L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond (C) meet at the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks are being held, in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015
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    Iranian outlet Tasnim News quoted Dehghan describing the collaboration as an "upgrade in long-term military and defense cooperation with China."

    The signing also comes as Tehran considers a $10 billion arms deal with Moscow, which would include the delivery of planes, helicopters, artillery systems and T-90 tanks to Iran.

    Tehran is seeking to fortify its military ahead of President-elect Donald Trump taking power in Washington, as he has vowed to repeal the nuclear weapons deal signed by Iran, the US and four other world powers — an historic treaty that eases sanctions on Iran in return for the country curbing nuclear development.

    On the campaign trail Trump called the agreement "the stupidest deal of all time," and described it as "a one-sided transaction where we are giving back $150 billion to a terrorist state."

    Trump’s disdain for Iran deal appears to be an overture to Israel, whose relationship with Washington has been strained, as Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been at odds in recent years. 

    Though Trump threatened China with 45 percent tariffs and other trade penalties during his campaign, after a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday his camp said the heads of the world’s two largest economies walked away with a "clear sense of mutual respect."

    Reports show Xi stressing the importance of cooperation between Beijing and Washington, with China Central Television (CCTV) quoting the Chinese leader saying that, "The facts prove that cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States," and the nations must "promote the two countries' economic development and global economic growth" along with pushing “for better development going forward in China-US relations."

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    • American Socialist
      Iran has been screaming "Death to America" since the 60s.
      Back then they were viewed as Terrorists.

      But now.. they've been proven correct!
      Big Props to Iran.
    • Namin reply toAmerican Socialist(Show commentHide comment)
      American Socialist, I've watched a lot of documentaries, like Transformers, Battleship or Independence Day, and I've noticed every time the Earth is in trouble, it's the USA who saves the day, so please show respect.
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      cast235
      Wonder where is Russia.. Maybe running behind E.U?
      Or seating like lap dogs left out of PACE?
      Time Russia show resolve and join them.
    • Anton KOMAROV
      Trump stated that if countries took care of their own defence ,then it would be safer for alland not require the US to provide costly support.A good all round move which if Trump keeps the rhetoric real by making it tangible is supported by his stance and if he fails to discharge the neocon legacy and lets it go to term,then it services a clear cut purpose.To provide security to ensure a democracy untainted by regime change imposed by external parties..
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      rasojin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, And not allow an improved relationship with the US under Trump to separate them from their Chinese and Iranian allies.
    • avatar
      michael
      interesting development to strengthen ties.
    • avatar
      rasoj
      This is very good for Iran especially. They may need China's military support in the coming years.
    • avatar
      beydety
      Very good news for stability.
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