By John Lee.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad in a rare Chinese high level diplomatic mission to Baghdad.
The two men discussed increased Sino-Iraqi cooperation in areas such as oil development and arms sales. Until recently, Iraq has been frustrated by slow deliveries of weapons systems from the US and turned to Russia for major arms contracts to combat terrorism and build conventional forces.
Iraq remains a country of major strategic importance for the major Asian oil consumer, but Baghdad is pursuing a diversified foreign policy in terms of relations with the major world powers.
(Source: Al Manar TV)