The Chinese government was clearly relieved when US President Donald Trump decided last Friday to leave the nuclear deal with Iran intact – at least for now. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that all parties should “cherish” the hard-won deal and keep in mind the “larger picture” and “long-term interests.” He also voiced Beijing’s displeasure with the new sanctions the Trump administration imposed outside the Iran deal framework.
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