Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun returned to Beijing Friday, following a two-day visit to Iran for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and other officials regarding formation of a joint advisory committee. The visit came after Tehran threatened to choking off oil flowing through the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions against the Islamic Republic's nuclear development program. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a briefing on Thursday, "China hopes that peace and stability can be maintained in the strait,"
Reuters noted that Iran is China's third largest oil supplier in reporting that the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website reported on Zhai's visit by saying, "Both sides exchanged views on Sino-Iranian relations and regional issues." The Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Salehi said his country is willing to talk to the international community on the basis of a Russian plan.