China-Middle East Relations
- Yun Sun , Senior Associate with the East Asia Program, Henry L. Stimson Center
Nov 09 , 2016Forty percent of China’s total ten vetoes ever casted at the UN Security Council have been on Syria, making it the most-vetoed issue of all time for China. The four vetoes and most recent abstention from the French-drafted resolution underscore China’s increasingly assertive stance on state sovereignty, territorial integrity and its repulsion to foreign interference.
- Hadas Peled , doctoral candidate, Tsinghua University
Oct 25 , 2016The China-Israel Financial Protocol ('Financial Protocol'), signed 20 years ago has already reached a cumulative value of 2.6 Billion USD to date. The Financial Protocol facilitates the introduction of advanced high-tech Israeli goods and services to China by providing government insurance to reduce risks and financial costs. In this respect, the Financial Protocol sets a good example for the implementation of the Road and Belt Initiative, although it is not specifically included in the scope of diplomacy.
- Wang Zhen , Director of Security Studies Program, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Mar 15 , 2016China has neither the military infrastructure nor the political will to strike IS forces on the ground in the Middle East. But China continues to build its military capacity and is by no means looking for a “free ride” in the Middle East.
- Brahma Chellaney , Professor, Center for Policy Research
Mar 14 , 2016At a time when the conflict within Islam has sharpened between Sunnis and Shias and between fundamentalists and reformers, the House of Saud — the world’s No. 1 promoter of radical Islamic extremism — is increasingly playing the sectarian card, even at the risk of deepening the schisms. This aggressive activism carries significant implications for U.S. interests, from the Middle East to Asia.
- Mel Gurtov , Editor-in-Chief, Asian Perspective
Feb 05 , 2016The China Dream and the China Model are complementary in Xi’s strategic vision, of which relations with the developing world are a central part. Developments in the Middle East and Africa show how large a factor China now is in economic globalization, but while the China Model is based on noninterference in politics, Mel Gurtov argues that separating economics from politics is a challenge.
- He Wenping , Senior Fellow, Chahar Institute
Feb 04 , 2016China “should not be absent”, the president said on his recent three-nation visit to the region. China sees development as a means for maintaining stability, and cooperation as a guarantee for security. The Belt and Road initiative is a vital tool for progress on all of these fronts.
- Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, China has been pursuing its own version of strategic rebalancing in foreign policy. China aims to re-position itself as “a state in the middle”, acting as a bridge among the developed and developing countries and maximizing the strategic space. If Chinese diplomacy and Beijing’s “connectivity” can ease the crisis in the Middle East, the achievement would affirm the nation’s rise to great-power status.
- Dan Steinbock , Founder, Difference Group
Feb 01 , 2016Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-nation tour in the Middle East heralds a shift from U.S. regime change to economic development, codifying China’s presence in the Middle East as a major energy buyer, major importer, infrastructure builder, and peace broker.
- Jin Liangxiang , Research Fellow, Shanghai Institute of Int'l Studies
Jun 03 , 2015While the entire international community can certainly cooperate better on security issues, criticizing Beijing’s low-profile role is merely propaganda defaming China in the region. China’s economic contribution to the region is both significant and more than sufficient within the current global and regional context defined by US dominance.
- Wu Sike , Member on Foreign Affairs Committee, CPPCC
Jun 01 , 2015It is in the interests of China and the United States, as well as the region and the world beyond, to have peace, stability and development in the Gulf and the Middle East. Washington’s recent summit with Gulf states reflects both the challenges and its enduring commitment to security concerns there.