This book focuses on the relationship established between China, the world’s second largest economy, and Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter. Due to Saudi Arabia’s dominance of the world oil market, China is increasingly focusing its attention on the Saudi Arabia as a reliable oil supplier while Saudi Arabia sees China as an enormous potential market and strategic trade partner. It investigates both countries’ motives for establishing a strategic relationship and outlines the potential for successful co-operation between them. It then goes on to address the wider implications for the United States in the Middle East.
1. Introduction 2. China's Rise: Theoretical Framework 3. China-Middle East Oil Background 4. Strategic and Political Foundations of China-Saudi Relations 5. China’s Perspective: Searching for a Reliable Partner 6. Saudi Arabia’s Strategy: Hedging for the Future 7. The Scope of China-Saudi Economic Relations 8. China-Saudi Oil Links: Alliance or Normal Trade? 9. China-Saudi Military Cooperation: Is it Alternative to the U.S.? 10. China's Rising Influence in the Gulf: Implications for the U.S. 11. Overall Conclusion