China and Iraq agreed this week to expand their bilateral relationship during a rare visit to the Middle Eastern country by a senior Chinese official.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Iraq on Sunday as part of a broader trip throughout the greater Middle East. According to Iraqi officials, Wang was the most senior level Chinese official to visit Iraq in roughly ten years. Chinese state media said Wang was the first Chinese foreign minister to visit the country in 23 years.

China‚Äôs Foreign Ministry reported that Wang Yi held meetings with his Iraqi counterpart, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, and was received by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. […]