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Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?
October 19, 2020

Following Fresh US Sanctions, Will China Bail out Iran?

By Emily Jin
When the United States cuts off Iran completely, will China step in? This question comes at a critical time, but the answer is complicated. 

China’s Approach to Mediating Middle Eastern Conflicts
October 16, 2020

China’s Approach to Mediating Middle Eastern Conflicts

By Poornima Balasubramanian
Beijing is taking more initiative in regional crises, but still prefers conflict management over conflict resolution.
A New Phase for China’s Ping-Pong Diplomacy in Syria
October 05, 2020

A New Phase for China’s Ping-Pong Diplomacy in Syria

By Sophie Zinser
Young Syrian table tennis star Hend Zaza is China-bound, just as China’s ambitions in the Levant intensify.

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts: China’s ‘Negative Competition’ in the Middle East
September 29, 2020

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts: China’s ‘Negative Competition’ in the Middle East

By Scott J. Harr
China’s approach to the Middle East, predicated on a misunderstanding of U.S. strategies, is deeply flawed.

How the AIIB Grows China’s Interests in the Middle East
September 04, 2020

How the AIIB Grows China’s Interests in the Middle East

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
The multilateral bank’s institutional features help entice regional players -- and advance Chinese interests in the region.

What the Israel-UAE Agreement Means for Asian Powers
September 01, 2020

What the Israel-UAE Agreement Means for Asian Powers

By Guy Burton
China and India have been watching the shifting geopolitics in the Middle East.

Will China Change Its Lebanon Strategy?
August 19, 2020

Will China Change Its Lebanon Strategy?

By Philip Crowe
As Lebanon reels, China’s emphasis on befriending a corrupt elite risks alienating it from the local population.
Offshore Balancing: A Grand Strategy for the China Dream
July 24, 2020

Offshore Balancing: A Grand Strategy for the China Dream

By Andrew Latham
Xi Jinping seems to have settled on a grand strategy for a risen China.

The China-India Contest in the Middle East
July 21, 2020

The China-India Contest in the Middle East

By Hasan Alhasan
China’s recent advances with Iran and Turkey have been accompanied by Indian setbacks.

Lebanon Looks to China as US, Arabs Refuse to Help in Crisis
July 16, 2020

Lebanon Looks to China as US, Arabs Refuse to Help in Crisis

By Associated Press
Struggling with an economic catastrophe, Lebanon is the latest country to be caught up U.S.-China tensions.

The Pitfalls of the China-Iran Agreement
July 15, 2020

The Pitfalls of the China-Iran Agreement

By Nima Khorrami
The reported agreement, already receiving a backlash in Iran, is not likely to achieve what Tehran hopes it will.
The Chinese Piece in Iran’s War Games
December 16, 2019

The Chinese Piece in Iran’s War Games

By Lucille Greer
Iran, Russia and China are set to conduct joint war games in late December. What’s in it for Beijing?

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