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China's push to link east and west puts Iran at 'centre of everything'

Strategically placed Iran is fast becoming an increasingly popular destination for Chinese entrepreneurs

Mr Lin (centre) has built a small empire since moving to Iran in 2002. His eight factories make a wide variety of goods that find markets in Iran and in neighbouring countries.

Neyshabur, Iran

WHEN Lin Zuao Ru, a Beijing entrepreneur, first heard about business opportunities in eastern Iran, he was sceptical. But then he bought a map and began to envision the region without any borders, as one enormous market.

"Many countries are close by, even Europe,"...

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