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What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?
March 30, 2021

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite the fanfare surrounding the 25-year deal, details are scarce. Is this much ado about nothing?

China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East
March 25, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East

By Shannon Tiezzi
Wang Yi's six-country tour highlights the region's expanding importance for China.
Middle East LNG Hedging in China’s Energy Diplomacy
March 12, 2021

Middle East LNG Hedging in China’s Energy Diplomacy

By Tristan Kenderdine
Increased demand for energy will give China greater and greater dependency on – and sway over – the world's LNG producers.

Israel, Iran, and China: US-Middle East Relations
March 10, 2021

Israel, Iran, and China: US-Middle East Relations

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Mordechai Chaziza.

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in the Middle East
January 16, 2021

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in the Middle East

By Austin Bodetti
Gulf states like Bahrain and the UAE are using a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, highlighting a new type of cooperation with China.

China and India’s Stakes in the Qatar Conflict
January 12, 2021

China and India’s Stakes in the Qatar Conflict

By Guy Burton
The resolution of the rift between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other will cause sighs of relief in Beijing and New Delhi.

A Quantum Leap Forward: Chinese Influence Grows in Iraq’s Oil Market
December 23, 2020

A Quantum Leap Forward: Chinese Influence Grows in Iraq’s Oil Market

By Sophie Zinser
A Chinese company is nearing a multibillion-dollar deal with Iraq's state-run oil marketing company.
China and the Middle East: Conflict and Cooperation
December 01, 2020

China and the Middle East: Conflict and Cooperation

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Guy Burton.

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.

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