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China is apparently losing patience with the Houthi rebel group in Yemen and has asked Iran to help stop attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
Basically, China says: 'If our interests are harmed in any way, it will impact our business with Tehran. So tell the Houthis to show restraint,' one Iranian official briefed on the talks, who asked not to be named, told the news agency.
China is calling for safe passage for ships and has urged the Houthis to stop attacking merchant vessels. They are concerned about the impact of the attacks on global supply chains and the international trade order.
We call for an end to the harassment of civilian vessels, in order to maintain the smooth flow of global production and supply chains and the international trade order," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.