Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on December 4, 2017
Q: Iran has inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on December 3, which is widely regarded as a rival to the Gwadar port being developed by China because of proximity. It also provides a direct way for India to transport goods to Afghanistan. And coinciding with the inauguration, India, Iran and Afghanistan also signed an agreement granting preferential treatment in tariff reductions to Indian goods headed towards Afghanistan. How does China view this?
A: We are glad to see regional countries maintain friendly relations and conduct mutually beneficial cooperation. We hope that such cooperation will contribute to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.