In a new piece on Chinese influence in the Middle East and across the globe, Modern Diplomacy argues that China is “not in competition with the US.”
Chinese influence continues to grow across the Middle East, making it “unavoidable” according to a new analysis featured in ModernDiplomacy (MD), an international magazine that characterizes itself as a “leading European opinion-maker.”
As part of the argument that China became highly influential across Asia and Africa, the MD piece set the premise that China played a role in Middle East affairs, as shown in the most recent and successful Iran-Saudi agreement, as well as the approach to show interest in mediating the “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” seeking a two-state solution. China also showed interest in brokering a Russia-Ukraine peace proposal, which MD considered proof of a growing role on the global level.
These premises dictate that China had remained neutral vis-a-vis all of the Middle East’s conflicts, given that China’s approach to international relations had been grounded in economic development and stability. According to MD, “China lacks the motivation to break down the security and political structure of the Middle East led by the United States.” These global positions and efforts have “secured Chinese credibility in the region.”
It is worth noting that MD wrote that China is “not in competition with the United States.” This came at a time when the Middle East’s relations with the US had been “filled with friction in recent years.”
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