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Iran-China trade exchanges top 7 billion dollars: Chinese ambassador

Ahvaz, Khuzestan Prov, Jan 19, IRNA -- Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Lio G. Tan announced here Tuesday that Iran-China trade exchanges topped 7 billion dollars in 2004.

Talking to reporters, the ambassador said that 50 percent of the above-stated figure was accounted for by crude imports by China from Iran.

He said political and economic relations of the two states were at a "good" level and that their governments share a common desire to further bolster their trade volume.

Alluding to bilateral cultural ties, the Chinese official recalled that the Iranian culture minister paid official visits to China two times in 2004.

He pointed to Khuzestan province's rich potential in the fields of agriculture, economy, industry, dam construction and oil, saying China is ready to expand cooperation with this southern Iranian province in these sectors.

"A country with a vibrant economy can defend its independence and sovereignty as well as succeed politically, he said in praise of his host country.

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