Research Fellow, West Asia and Africa Studies Institute of the China Academy of Social Sciences
Dec 14, 2022
Do three recent high-level meetings mean that Beijing wants to fill a vacuum? No — there is no vacuum, despite a comment by U.S. President Joe Biden. The goal of Arab people in seeking friendly relations with China is not security but development.
Nov 14, 2022
Peaceful development and capacity building are the two cornerstones of China’s philosophy, and the panda movie provides an apt analogy. Under the rules of the jungle, the panda, which is docile by nature and non-aggressive, wants to live in harmony with other animals.
Nov 10, 2022
Using a missing finger on his left hand as a populist icon, Brazil’s new president may accelerate the de-Americanization process, joining with other Latin American leftists to promote fairness and justice and bridge the wealth gap.
Oct 31, 2022
The United States has complained bitterly about the recent OPEC announcement of a cut in oil production, which was seen as providing indirect aid to Russia and as a slap in the face to U.S. President Joe Biden. But U.S. complaints have been met with a sharp backlash from Saudi Arabia as it looks eastward.
Oct 03, 2022
The U.S.-Iran rivalry has sunk to new depths after the death in custody of a young woman who was arrested by the Iranian morality police for improperly wearing a head covering. Iran’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict has made matters even worse.
Sep 02, 2022
It’s up to African country’s themselves to characterize their debt. Borrowing is not bad, per se. Chinese loans are small compared with those of Western creditors, and the debt has mainly been used for infrastructure, not running expenses such as wages or energy costs.
Jul 12, 2022
Can the U.S. president accomplish his goals during his Middle East trip? Oil is the top priority, but the chance of success is perhaps 50 percent. Shaping an anti-Russia coalition won’t happen. Yet, Israel does offer some relatively low-hanging fruit.
Mar 28, 2022
American policy in the Middle East has Saudi Arabia thinking about selling oil to China in Chinese yuan rather than U.S. dollars. The shift would weaken the dollar’s dominant position in the global oil market.
Mar 08, 2022
The Russia-Ukraine conflict raises uncertainties in negotiations for a renewed Iran nuclear deal. Thorny problems remain. But while there are negatives, there are also opportunities.
Jan 24, 2022
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi went to Africa, as is customary. But he also visited two Asian countries, a choice that signals China’s desire to break the U.S. attempt at containment.