August 15, 2007 -- Iran's Justice Ministry said today that two Chinese nationals have been arrested in Iran for taking pictures of military installations.
Taking pictures of military installations is a serious offense in Iran.
In March 2006, two Swedish men were arrested and subsequently sentenced to two years in prison on charges of taking pictures of military installations on the southern island of Qeshm.
They were released in April.
(AFP, IRNA, Fars)
Iran And China
Chinese President Jiang Zemin visiting the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis in April 2002 (epa)
TWO REEMERGING CULTURES: At a joint RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing at RFE/RL's Washington, D.C., office on November 9, John Calabrese -- scholar in residence at the Middle East Institute who teaches foreign policy at American University -- discussed the growing ties between China and Iran in the context of China's economic boom and its overall relations with the Middle East. He also looked at potential sore points in the two countries' bilateral relations.