Parliament Passes Bill on Iran-China Extradition Treaty
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian legislators approved a bill Sunday that would make it possible for Iran and China to extradite suspected or convicted criminals.
An open session of Iran’s parliament on Sunday morning saw lawmakers pass a bill that facilitates the exchange of convicts and criminals between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China, thus promoting judicial cooperation between the two sides.
On October 30, Iranian lawmaker Nader Qazipour explained that relations between Iran and China have dramatically improved in recent years and a large number of Iranians travel to China for tourism or business, arguing Iranians who are convicted in China on various charges prefer to be extradited to their homeland and spend the rest of their prison term closer to their relatives.
Over the past few decades, China and Iran have developed a broad and deep partnership largely centered on China's energy needs and Iran's abundant resources as well as significant non-energy economic ties, and geostrategic balancing in favor of both countries.
China has also shown support, like Russia, for Iran’s right to have a peaceful nuclear program, and both countries have abstained from voting in the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council against Iran on various occasions.
China and Iran enjoy an extensive economic relationship despite UN Security Council sanctions. The two countries cooperate in various sectors, including energy and construction.
Currently, Iran is the third largest supplier of crude oil to China, providing it with some 12 percent of its total annual consumption, and the volume of bilateral trade is well over $40 billion dollars.