China Warns Iran to Halt Houthi Attacks or Damage Trade Ties
China has urged Iran to control Houthi assaults on shipping in the Red Sea or risk their commercial relationship.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have targeted vessels, causing concern for China, Iran's largest trading partner. According to Reuters, Chinese officials have highlighted the issue during recent diplomatic exchanges, emphasizing the need for Houthi restraint to protect China's interests.
Trade data indicates that China purchased most of Iran's oil last year, showcasing the importance of their economic bond. China's stance, as conveyed by one Iranian official, suggests that any harm to China's interests could affect their trade dynamics.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs advocates for Middle Eastern strategic autonomy and collaboration for regional safety, striving for shared growth and stability.
The United States continues to conduct what it labels "self-defense" strikes against the Houthi rebels. Fox News reported that the U.S. intercepted Houthi missiles targeting commercial ships in the Red Sea.
The UN's Trade and Development body has noted a significant decline in Suez Canal freight traffic since the onset of Houthi attacks, signaling wider regional economic implications.