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Xi worried as ‘extreme’ US pressure on Iran raises tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to discuss a strengthening of bilateral ties amid growing tensions between the United States on the one hand and China and Russia on the other.

Before the visit, Xi criticized the US policy toward Iran, another country whose already poor relations with the US have taken a turn for the worse in recent months. According to the Chinese president, tensions in the Middle East are increasing because the US government is putting “extreme pressure” in Iran. Xi expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal, which was abandoned by the US under President Donald Trump, and called on “all relevant parties remain rational and exercise restraint, step up dialogue and consultations and lower the temperature on the present tense situation”.

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