China in the Middle East
March 22, 2023
China’s Expanding Influence in Iraq
By Sercan Çalışkan
Iraq’s geostrategic location and oil resources make it a crucial point in China’s Belt and Road Initiatives.
March 21, 2023
China’s Role in the Iran-Saudi Deal May Not Be All That Bad for India
By Sajid Farid Shapoo
New Delhi needs to assess if China’s growing involvement in the Gulf is detrimental to its long-term security interests and the regional balance of power.
March 17, 2023
Why China Is Looking for a Bigger Role in the Middle East
By Mu Chunshan
China's brokering of the Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement advances several diplomatic priorities for Beijing.
March 15, 2023
What the Iran-Saudi Agreement Reveals About China’s Approach to Conflict Management
By Guy Burton
Beijing prefers to lead from behind, engaging in “quasi-mediation” on diplomatic processes that are already in motion.
March 14, 2023
The Broader Context Behind China’s Mediation Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
By Mehran Haghirian and Jacopo Scita
When it was clear that an agreement was possible to finalize the détente, China took the mantle of responsibility and the role of a direct mediator.
March 10, 2023
Iran, Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Ties, With China’s Help
By Jon Gambrell
The major diplomatic breakthrough, negotiated in Beijing with China as mediator, is a demonstration of China's influence in the Middle East.
January 25, 2023
Beyond Oil: A New Phase in China-Middle East Engagement
By Nurettin Akcay
Yes, the oil trade is a major factor. But China’s eagerness to also invest in technology, renewable energy, and infrastructure is driving the next phase of cooperation.
December 14, 2022
Can China Continue to Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran?
By Jesse Marks
Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Riyadh resulted in a rare diplomatic rebuke from Tehran.
December 10, 2022
Xi Jinping’s Trip to Riyadh Is About More Than Saudi-US Relations
By William Figueroa
China-Saudi Arabia relations are both deeper and more limited than recent coverage suggests.
December 07, 2022
China’s Xi Heads to Saudi Arabia to Boost Beijing’s Influence in the Middle East
By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi Jinping will attend the first China-Arab States summit as both sides see an opportunity to advance relations.
November 17, 2022
China’s Tech Outreach in the Middle East and North Africa
By Dale Aluf
Chinese companies, acting out of both economic and geostrategic motives, are providing much of the MENA region’s digital infrastructure.
October 25, 2022
China and US Vaccine Diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa
By Passant Mamdouh Ridwan
Beijing had the edge in the early stages of the pandemic, but the preference for mRNA vaccines amid the Omicron variant has helped boost U.S. vaccine diplomacy.
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