epa06732543 Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) at Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China, 13 May 2018.  EPA/THOMAS PETER / POOL
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his 2018 meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing. Both countries are expected to unveil a pact soon. EPA

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