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China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World


John W. Garver charts the evolution of Sino-Iranian relations through several phases and explores the contentious debates over Iran's nuclear programs and China's role in assisting these programs and supporting Iran's efforts to modernize its military and oil industry infrastructure.

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John W. Garver charts the evolution of Sino-Iranian relations through several phases and explores the contentious debates over Iran's nuclear programs and China's role in assisting these programs and supporting Iran's efforts to modernize its military and oil industry infrastructure.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine

Could not be timelier..At a time when Washington is trying to cajole China into helping to halt Iranian efforts to build nuclear weapons and long—range missiles, diplomats and scholars ought to put this solid, sober, well—researched, reasonably priced book near the top of their reading lists.

The Historian

With this study, the author has written on a rarely discussed topic: Chinese-Iranian relations. He has done us a great service in doing so, not only by taking on an unusual topic, but also in doing it with gratifying length.... Garver has succeeded in capturing both the current context of the Sino-Iranian relationship and the much deeper historical context of their goals and attitudes.... The book deserves a wide audience.


This thoughtful exploration of the important but little-understood relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China could not be timelier.... [Garver] provides precisely what policy makers need: historical perspective on Chinese-Iranian contact going back to imperial times, but concentrating on the late 20th century.

Political Science Quarterly

Garver's analysis of the past and future of the relationship is thoroughly researched, analytically astute, and lucidly presented.. Garver sees the relationship he is studying from the inside— what it means to be participants in their own mental worlds, from the outside— how it works geostrategically, and from all around, in historical, cultural, diplomatic, strategic, and economic dimensions.

The China Journal

A great contribution to our knowledge of Chinese foreign policy and its achievements with an important partner at a time of US preeminence. This work will appeal to the policymaker and professor alike, and would be suitable for both upper undergraduate and especially graduate courses. Whether readers are concerned with China's rise, the emergence of a more powerful Iran or interests and constraints for the United States in engaging these regional powers, China and Iran makes for an exacting, insightful and valuable read.

Middle East Journal

A comprehensive examination of the drivers, content, and possible implications of the relationship between China and Iran.

IIAS Newsletter

Interesting and timely.

Open Spaces

Garver's work presents valuable insights into this relationship built on centuries of economic relations.


An incisive and remarkably lucid historical overview. Garver's China and Iran is likely to recast our thinking on the dynamics and study of bilateral relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986319
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,240,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Garver is professor of international affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Among his previous books are Protracted Contest: Sino-Soviet Rivalry in the Twentieth Century and Face Off: China, the United States, and Taiwan's Democratization.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsPreface and Acknowledgments1. The Spirit of Sino-Iranian Relations: Civilization and Power2. The PRC-Kingdom of Iran Relationship, 1971-783. Revolutionary Iran and Postrevolutionary China, 1979-884. Sino-Iranian Partnership and Post-Cold War U.S. Unipolar Preeminence, 1989-20045. The Xinjiang Factor in PRC-IRI Relations6. China's Assistance to Iran's Nuclear Programs7. China and Iran's Military Development Efforts8. China-Iran Cooperation and the United States9. The Sino-Iranian Energy-Economic Relationship10. Patterns of Sino-Iranian RelationsAppendix. Chronology of Iran-China RelationsNotesBibliographyIndex

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