How China Is Quietly Expanding Its Economic Influence in the Gulf

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Saudi Arabian King Salman during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, China, March 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Saudi Arabian King Salman during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, China, March 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Foreign ministers from China and the Arab world held their ninth meeting of the biennial China-Arab States Cooperation Forum earlier this month, at which they pledged to “deepen cooperation in various fields, and embrace new prospects in building a China-Arab community with a shared future,” according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The meeting is sure to renew debates over the nature of Chinese influence in Gulf Arab states. China hawks in the United States often overemphasize China’s economic power in the region by focusing on the threats posed by companies like the telecommunications giant Huawei or BGI Group, a […]

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