China’s Diplomatic Coup in the Middle East: The Facts Behind the Hype
By François Godement
China’s diplomatic push into the region is less than meets the eye – but it should not be ignored, either.
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.
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.
Can China Be the JCPOA’s Last Hope?
By Jacopo Scita
As demonstrated during President Raisi’s visit to China, a return to the Iran nuclear deal is very much in Beijing’s interests. So why is China not pushing for exactly that?
Neither China Nor Iran Will Get What They Want From Their Relationship
By Guy Burton
Iran wants more Chinese investment, but Beijing wants progress on the nuclear issue first.
Iran’s President Visits China, Hoping to Revitalize Ties
By Shannon Tiezzi
During his three-day visit, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi made clear that Iran is not satisfied with progress on a 2021 partnership agreement.
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.
What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?
By Aamna Khan
Iran is the newest member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Droning On: China Floods the Middle East With UAVs
By Heath Sloane
China’s arming of Iran creates a vicious cycle in which Iranian proxies motivate other Middle Eastern states to arm themselves too, creating more customers for Beijing.
The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East
By Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal
China has struck a careful balance between regional rivals, especially Iran and the Gulf. But amid shifting dynamics, staying neutral may not be an option.
The China-Iran-Russia Triangle: Alternative World Order?
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Benjamin Tsai.
What Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Mean for China’s Belt and Road?
By Mohammadbagher Forough
Exploring the geoeconomic implications for the BRI and other Eurasian economic and infrastructure initiatives.