Iran seen from Beijing

Author: Kevjn Lim Source: Think tank Published: 16 June 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and China's President Xi Jinping in Shanghai on May 22, 2014

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

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On This Day: Brig. Gen. James Dozier Rescued From Italian Terrorists

Associated Press
James Dozier pictured after his rescue
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January 28, 2010 06:00 AM

by findingDulcinea Staff

On Jan. 28, 1982, American Brig. Gen. James Dozier was rescued in an Italian counterterrorist operation after the Red Brigades had held him in captivity for 42 days.

Dozier Kidnapped, Rescued

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