Beijing, Jan 29, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to Beijing Javad Mansouri said on Tuesday that Iran supplies 13 percent of China's crude oil.
Mansouri made the remarks during a visit to the offices of the economic weekly 'China Times' on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Weekly staffers, he said the current level of economic cooperation between Iran and China is satisfactory and Iran is among the energy suppliers of China.
According to the latest statistics, the volume of trade exchanges between Iran and China exceeded dlrs 20 billion in 2007 and there are huge untapped economic grounds which should be further explored.
Iran attaches importance to expansion of ties with the East, he said adding that Iran and China are to broaden and bolster mutual economic and political cooperation at the international level.
Given the impact of Islamic Revolution in regional and international developments, he said it is crystal clear for all countries that the Islamic Republic of Iran has high spiritual and political influence in the region.
Turning to cultural exchanges between the two nations, he said despite of difference in language, the two nations have deep-rooted cultural ties.
Referring to political and economic pressures exerted by the United States of America against Iran, he said the US is on a downward slope quoting the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong who likened the US to a paper tiger.
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