What is essential to the Chinese and Iranian governing families is loyalty, ultra-nationalism and chain of command. Both societies, for thousands of years, have been ruled with an iron fist. The Iranian governing system follows the same principles as the Chinese system of governance. This means that the friendships and alliances mean very little to none to the Chinese and Iranians, but rather the loyalty and chain of command are the central focus of the thier value systems.
The Chinese and Iranians, in general, build their relationships based on common business interests, as well as their business networking needs. They hardly have friendships that are formed based on their shared values such as human rights, freedoms and civil liberties. The Iranians in diaspora and the Chinese in Hong Kong are the exceptions. This is especially true for the Americans, Canadians and Europeans with an Iranian heritage who were born or have grown up in the western countries.