China may provide Iran with ideas on how to relax, but not lose, the government's grip on the economy, the Wall Street Journal reported. Adel Azar, head of the Iranian parliament's economic committee, said both countries started the debate about private business at the same time but Iran stagnated. "We argued. They just got on with it," he said. Azar was part of an Iranian delegation that visited Shanghai and Shenzhen last year. He told the newspaper that the contrasts he saw between China's dynamism and Iran's immobility shocked him. International pressure in recent months has underscored the lack of clear economic policy in Tehran while economic sanctions have hurt Iranian banks, limited access to technology and reduced investments.