Author: Kevjn Lim Source: Think tank Published: 16 June 2015
China views Iran as a central element in its much-touted Silk Road Economic Belt, which aims to extend Beijing’s influence overland through Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and Europe.
Also available in Arabic. Although China has long been Iran’s largest oil customer, international sanctions recently relegated the Islamic Republic from third to sixth place among Beijing’s suppliers — a list consistently topped by Iranian rival Saudi Arabia. Similarly, while China’s bilateral trade with Iran reportedly expanded to around $50 billion by late 2014, it remains dwarfed nearly elevenfold by its trade with the United States. Continue reading →
Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, chief of staff at NATO’s Southern European land forces at Verona, was kidnapped on Dec. 17, 1981, by members of the Red Brigades, an Italian Marxist-Leninist terrorist group. Four terrorists disguised themselves as plumbers and abducted Dozier from his Verona apartment, leaving his wife bound and chained in the apartment. Continue reading →