China supports Iran's application for full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), according to a joint statement signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Iran. [Special coverage]
Iran is now one of six observers of the SCO, which was founded in 2001 and now has China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as its full members.
China and Iran upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership Saturday during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country.
The consensus was reached during President Xi Jinping's visit to Iran, the first in 14 years by a Chinese head of state.
China and Iran have no fundamental conflicts, and there are only consistent mutual support and mutual benefit between them, Xi said during summit talks with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. >>Full Story