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China, Iran, and the Persian Gulf

China, Iran, and the Persian Gulf

By A. H. H. Abidi

Humanities Press, 1982, 325 pp.

This is a very sophisticated study of China's relations with Iran. Although there are brief sections on the period since the Iranian revolution, most of the book deals with relations with the Shah. China has taken a special interest in Iran because of its concern that the Gulf region not pass into the Soviet sphere of influence. Its approach in the Gulf has been essentially preemptive-to keep the U.S.S.R. back.