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Iran election: The view from Beijing

BEIJING — China’s government, an old friend to Iran and not one to rock the global political boat, has called for stability in Iran and says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be supported as the “choice of the Iranian people.”

The official Xinhua news agency quoted a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry as saying Tuesday that the Chinese government hopes for a stable situation in Iran.

China and Iran are centuries-old allies (China aided the early stages of Iran’s nuclear program) and growing economic partners in recent years, so it’s no surprise that Beijing would back a continuation of the current regime. Other angles in state-run media include hints that western media may have contributed to the heated election contest and disputed results. The conservative Global Times newspaper said the western press has “great influence” over elections and can elevate tensions as politicians try to raise their profiles.

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