Iranian, Chinese Navies to Conduct Joint Drills

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    Commander: Iranian, Chinese Navies Readying to Conduct Joint Naval Drills Farsnews

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    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Chinese forces sailing on a fleet of warships that docked in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas earlier today are due to practice joint naval exercises with their Iranian counterparts, a commander said Saturday.

    "Discussing and studying the two countries' naval relief and rescue operations and drills, confronting sea incidents and accidents and gaining the necessary technical preparedness are among the actions to be practiced with the Chinese army forces," Commander of Iran's First Naval Zone Admiral Amir Hossein Azad said on Saturday.

    "The voyage of the Chinese army's fleet of warships for the first time in the Persian Gulf waters is aimed at joint preparation of Iran and China for establishing peace, stability, tranquility and multilateral and mutual cooperation," he added.

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    A detachment of China's fleet of warships docked in Iran's territorial waters in Bandar Abbas on Saturday.

    It is the first time that a Chinese flotilla has sailed and berthed in Iran's territorial waters.

    An Iranian flotilla was in the Sea of China last year to deliver Iran's message of peace and friendship to the Chinese.

    In May, 2013, the Iranian warships docked in Zhangjiagang after a 13,000-kilometer voyage in 40 days as part of their mission to convey Iran's message of peace and friendship to the East Asian states.

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said then that presence in the Indian and Pacific oceans and the China Sea, patrolling Southeast Asia's strategic Strait of Malacca, crossing the Equator, docking at China's port city of Zhangjiagang port and identifying 370 surface and subsurface vessel units were among the important tasks carried out by the fleet.

    The visit by the Chinese Navy ships also came a few days after the timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy's 31st Flotilla thwarted an attack by eight pirate speed boats, equipped with various light and semi-heavy weapons, on a Chinese container-carrier ship in the waters of the Gulf of Aden, and forced the pirates to flee the scene.

    The Chinese ship was traveling en route from Singapore to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, before it came under pirates' attack.

    The Chinese ship continued its voyage after it was rescued by the Iranian Navy.

    The 31st Fleet of the Iranian Navy, comprised of Bayandor destroyer and Bandar Abbas logistic warship, was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the high seas late July to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

    The fleet of warships has escorted 670 military and cargo ships by now and has identified and traced trans-regional vessels and aircraft.

    Iran's 30th flotilla of warships ended its mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and returned home in July.

    The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

    According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

    The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.
     
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    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari arrived in China earlier this morning to confer with senior Chinese military officials on the expansion of Tehran-Beijing military relations.

    The Iranian navy commander, who is in China at the official invitation of his Chinese counterpart, is to hold several meetings with senior military officials of the country during his stay.

    A high-ranking military delegation is accompanying Admiral Sayyari in his trip.

    Prior to his departure, the Iranian commander said that his visit is aimed at boosting bilateral defense ties within the framework of the agreements endorsed during the visit of the Iranian defense minister to Beijing, training cooperation, and joint wargames.

    "We try to obtain an exact assessment about the training capabilities and skillfulness of the Chinese navy during the visit to the country," the Iranian commander pointed out.

    He said he would also discuss provision of the Iranian Navy's equipment and technical needs
    during his meetings in China, adding that his trip is mainly aimed at naval interaction as a first step.

    Last month, a detachment of China's fleet of warships docked in Iran's territorial waters in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

    It was the first time that a Chinese flotilla sailed and berthed in Iran's territorial waters.

    An Iranian flotilla was in the Sea of China last year to deliver Iran's message of peace and friendship to the Chinese.

    In May, 2013, the Iranian warships docked in Zhangjiagang after a 13,000-kilometer voyage in 40 days as part of their mission to convey Iran's message of peace and friendship to the East Asian states.

    The visit by the Chinese Navy ships also came a few days after the timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy's 31st Flotilla thwarted an attack by eight pirate speed boats, equipped with various light and semi-heavy weapons, on a Chinese container-carrier ship in the waters of the Gulf of Aden, and forced the pirates to flee the scene.

    The Chinese ship was traveling en route from Singapore to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, before it came under pirates' attack.

    The Chinese ship continued its voyage after it was rescued by the Iranian Navy.

    The 31st Fleet of the Iranian Navy, comprised of Bayandor destroyer and Bandar Abbas logistic warship, was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the high seas late July to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

    The fleet of warships has escorted 670 military and cargo ships by now and has identified and traced trans-regional vessels and aircraft.

    Iran's 30th flotilla of warships ended its mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and returned home in July.

    The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

    According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
     
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    Tasnim News Agency - Commander: Iran Likely to Hold Joint Naval Drill with Russia, China
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    Commander: Iran Likely to Hold Joint Naval Drill with Russia, China
    December 08, 2014 - 14:33

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy commander raised the possibility of a joint naval drill between Iran, Russia and China.

    “It is not unlikely that we hold joint drills with those two countries (Russia and China) in future, and it depends on the country’s general policies,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in an interview with Al-Alam News Network on Sunday.

    He said the country’s naval forces have now gained such a high level of power that can stage joint exercises with the other countries.

    Back in September, military vessels from the Islamic Republic of Iran and China held a joint naval exercise in the Persian Gulf.

    It took place after a first-ever Chinese naval fleet berthed in Iran. Comprising a logistic warship and a destroyer, the fleet stayed at Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas for four days.

    In another sign of Iran’s openness to military cooperation with the neighbors, a Russian naval fleet berthed at the Iranian northern port city of Anzali in October.

    The Russian fleet, consisting of two missile-launching warships, came to Iran to convey the message of peace and friendship.
     
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    Iran Seeks China's Help to Build New Nuclear Plants Iran Seeks China's Help to Build New Nuclear Plants
    by William Ide April 22, 2015

    The framework nuclear deal between Iran and global powers has opened up new investment possibilities in an economy that has been stunted by international sanctions. Last week, a top Iranian atomic energy official said in addition to Russia, China will also help it build additional nuclear power plants.

    China has not commented on the proposal, but Iran says Beijing could help it build at least three nuclear plants in the coastal city Bushehr.

    The city is home to Iran's first nuclear plant, the construction of which began four decades ago.

    Germany started work there in the 1970s, but that effort was halted during Iran's Islamic Revolution. After that, Russia took over in the 1990s, but it was not until 2013 the plant was operating at full capacity.

    Oil-rich Iran says it needs nuclear power to meet its energy needs. Uranium fuels nuclear reactors, but can also be used to make nuclear bombs. Iran and world powers are seeking to reach final agreement on a deal by late June.

    Chinese expertise

    China Center for Energy Economic Research at Xiamen University Director Lin Boqiang says China is well positioned to be a key player in Iran's nuclear energy program.

    Lin says, "China has great strength when it comes to the construction of power plants, given that most of the new plants being built in the world today are in China." He says "the export of nuclear energy is also something that is essential to the transitioning of the Chinese economy."

    Late last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency for the first time approved a Chinese-designed reactor, giving it the green light for domestic production as well as exports.

    Last week, the Chinese government approved the construction of the country's first third-generation nuclear reactor, the Hualong One.

    China is trying to build up its own brand of reactors, says Matthew Cottee, a research analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Program.

    "The Hualong One is currently being built in China, but it is going to take a while for the international community to have some trust in a new nuclear reactor that has not been built anywhere else," he said.

    Analysts say that first reactor could take six to eight years to build, but China is already exporting the technology abroad.

    Chinese media say a power station under development in Karachi, Pakistan could be the first Hualong One built outside China, and Argentina also has agreed on a deal to build one in the South American country. Beijing also has a bilateral deal with Romania and a potential deal with Turkey.

    Possible joint ventures

    If China carries through on building reactors in Iran, it could partner with another foreign country to mitigate the political risk of such a sensitive project.

    "Whether China will be the only country in such a cooperation or whether the Chinese involvement in such nuclear power construction will be in kind of a like a consortium, such as a French company for example, is not yet clear," said Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies.

    China is already eyeing multi-nation deals to help it break into lucrative foreign markets that could be wary of partnering solely with Beijing.

    Analyst Matthew Cottee points to a nuclear power project in Britain that may use Chinese financial backing and French designs.

    "If the reactor is built at Hinckley Point in Somerset in the U.K. that will be potentially involving some Chinese funding. But if you look at the memorandum of understanding between the U.K. and China, it kind of paves the way for a potential Chinese indigenous technology to actually be constructed in the U.K.," said Cottee.

    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama proposed a 30-year agreement to cooperate with China on nuclear power. If approved by the U.S. Congress, the deal would allow the transfer of material, reactors, components and technology between the two countries.
     
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    Good news for the US.

    They will monitor each movement to comprehend Chinese naval tactics.
     
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    Chinese Naval drills will be eagerly watched by both India and US.
     
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    Tasnim News Agency - China Welcomes Trilateral Defense Meeting with Iran, Russia
    April 18, 2015 - 14:20
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China's Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan hailed the idea of a joint meeting with Iran and Russia to coordinate efforts in countering common threats.

    In a Friday meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan in Moscow, Wanquan welcomed the idea of the trilateral meeting proposed by Iran, and said, "The world's current circumstances necessitate the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral defensive and military cooperation."

    He also praised the history of good defense ties between Tehran and Beijing.

    The Iranian minister, for his part, noted that the upcoming trilateral meeting can greatly contribute to the efforts for "countering common threats and settling the region's security problems."

    The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS), an event annually organized by the Russian Defense Ministry.

    This year's conference brought representatives of about 80 defense ministries together.
     
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    Iran seeks closer military ties with China: South China Morning Post
    Tehran urges Beijing to play bigger role in the Iran nuclear talks

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    Iran is keen to build closer military ties with China, welcoming Beijing to expand its naval presence and urging it to play a bigger role in the Tehran nuclear talks, the South China Morning Post said in an article published on Monday.

    The two states might conduct more port calls because of China’s growing commercial interests, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior aide to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution told the South China Morning Post.

    Last month, Russia hosted Chinese navy vessels in the Black Sea ahead of the two countries’ joint exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. The move raised concerns about China’s growing maritime force.

    But Velayati said, “It is right for China, as a great power, to do that. You see the United States is also sending its military vessels everywhere. It is China’s right to send its military vessels.”

    The Chinese and Iranian militaries conducted a series of exchanges in 2013 and 2014.

    Last year, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, that the two forces had seen “good cooperation” on mutual visits.

    In 2013, an Iranian destroyer and helicopter carrier docked at the port city of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province after a 40-day voyage. In 2014, two Chinese destroyers paid a four-day visit to Iran’s Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas.

    Velayati described the port calls between China and Iran as “friendly behavior between the two countries”.

    "It is quite natural,” he said. “We have to support the transshipment of goods between Iran and other countries. The same right applies to China. It is the right of a country to defend its own transshipment of goods.”

    The Iranian adviser’s remarks come ahead of a June 30 deadline to strike a deal on Iran’s nuclear program with the 5+1 group of world powers, comprising China, Russia, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany.

    Tehran reached a framework agreement with the group in April, but diplomats remain skeptical about whether a final deal can be reached by the end of the month.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif last week that Beijing called on all parties involved in the talks to show political wisdom for the sake of progress, and China was willing to step up coordination with Tehran.

    Velayati declined to say if he was optimistic about reaching an agreement.

    He called on China and Russia to better coordinate with Iran to push forward the talks, saying this could be achieved by having more discussions between the three states before negotiations with the larger 5+1 group.

    “China and Russia have had a moderate position in the negotiation,” the adviser said. “If the Chinese position is more active, it will affect the continuation of the positive result of the talks.”

    On the economic front, Velayati said energy trade between China and Iran had improved and that there was “no limit” on Iran’s capacity to export oil to China.

    “There is no ceiling for the volume of oil and gas we are going to send to China,” he said. “It depends on the demands of the Chinese companies.”

    China imported 2.91 million tons of crude oil a day from Iran in April, up 10.8 percent from March. It also imported $2.1 billion of non-oil goods from Iran in the first quarter of the year. Asadollah Asgar Oladi, the head of Iran-China Chamber of Commerce, recently said Beijing have agreed that China would pay in cash for the oil and gas it purchased from Tehran.
     
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    China Wants To Deepen Military Ties With Iran
    A senior Chinese admiral met with Iran’s defense minister in Tehran.

    China and Iran maintained close military-to-military contacts throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Among other things, China helped Iran boost its anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities by selling tactical ballistic and anti-ship cruise missiles (e.g., HY-2 “Silkworm” anti-ship missiles), advanced anti-ship mines, and Houdong fast-attack boats (equipped with anti-ship missiles) to the Islamic Republic.

    China also provided technical expertise to Iran by, for example, helping develop Tehran’s indigenous Nasr anti-ship cruise missile. “Chinese design and technology can be seen in many Iranian missile series, from the short-range Oghab and Nazeat missiles to the long-range Shahab 3,” a 2012 RAND study explains.

    Beijing moreover offered assistance to Iran’s nuclear program by training Iranian nuclear engineers and helped Iranian master uranium exploration and mining. Between 2000 and 2002, China also delivered a number of C-14 catamaran missile boats, but, as a Jamestown Foundation briefing notes, “the arms relationship essentially ended by 2005.”

    Bilateral military-to-military ties continued to decline after 2005 until the early 2010s when a number of symbolic bilateral visits began to reverse the trend.

    For example, in March 2013, the Iranian destroyer Sabalan and the helicopter carrier Kharg paid a port visit to Zhangjiagang port in Jiangsu province in China–a visit reciprocated in September 2014 by a visit of two People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, the destroyer Changchun and the frigate Changzhou, to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, located in the Strait of Hormuz.

    http://thediplomat.com/2015/10/china-wants-to-deepen-military-ties-with-iran/


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    Iran and China have signed an agreement to boost defense-military cooperation and fight terrorism.

    The agreement was inked by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan in Tehran on Monday at the end of an earlier meeting between the two sides.

    “The development of [Iran’s] long-term defense-military relations and cooperation with China is among the top priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense diplomacy,” Dehqan said in the meeting.

    He added that the two countries’ defense-military cooperation would guarantee regional and international peace and security.

    He emphasized that all countries in Asia and the Oceania shoulder the responsibility to maintain peace and stability.

    “Today, foreign meddling and lack of respect for the national sovereignty of countries have turned the Middle East region into a hotbed of crisis and insecurity in the world and led to [the emergence of] terrorism and its spread throughout the world,” Dehqan said.

    He added that the US and some regional countries are supporting terrorism and the scourge is overflowing into Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as other regions.

    “Today, the threat of Daesh and terrorism has turned into an important regional and international challenge,” the Iranian defense minister said.

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    Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan (3rd R) and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan (4th L) meet in Tehran on November 14, 2016. (Photo by IRNA)

    He called for a genuine and efficient campaign against terrorism by all countries which are exposed to the threat of the malicious phenomenon.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran, with the great experience that it has acquired over the recent years in the anti-terror campaign, expresses its readiness to make a collective move in order to fight this threat and believes that China can play a very important role in this regard,” Dehqan said.

    For his part, the Chinese defense minister said Iran has an important position in the region in political, economic, security, military and cultural fields.

    He added that the two countries have common interests in many regional and global issues which have prepared the ground for the expansion of defense-military cooperation.

    Heading a high-ranking delegation, Chang arrived in Tehran on Sunday for an official three-day visit at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.

    He plans to hold talks with senior Iranian officials about Tehran-Beijing cooperation and the latest regional and international developments.

    Dehqan had traveled to China in May 2014 to negotiate mutual visits and personnel training cooperation between the two countries.

    Back in April 2015, the Iranian and Chinese defense ministers, who were in the Russian capital to attend the fourth Moscow International Security Conference, held a meeting and discussed Tehran-Beijing relations as well as the issue of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and the extent of their activities in East Asia.
     

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