China Treads With Caution Amid a Brewing Conflict in the Middle East

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, talks to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, during a meeting in Beijing, Dec. 31, 2019 (pool photo by Noel Celis of AFP via AP Images).
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, talks to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, during a meeting in Beijing, Dec. 31, 2019 (pool photo by Noel Celis of AFP via AP Images).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. As tensions rise between the United States and Iran, China is urging both countries to exercise restraint while it carefully avoids words or actions that could be construed as taking sides. Beijing’s measured response to this escalating confrontation is a sign of its delicate diplomatic balancing act in a region where it has considerable economic interests. After Iran launched a missile strike early Wednesday against two military bases in Iraq hosting U.S. troops, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson called […]

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