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.
Table of Contents
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
Naser M. Al-Tamimi is a Middle East analyst with particular research interests in energy politics and the political economy of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Middle East-Asia relations. He has carried out extensive research on various aspects of Saudi-China relations. In addition, he is also a UK-based independent political consultant and journalist. He has written and edited several articles and books, in Arabic and English, on the most pertinent political and economic issues affecting the Middle East. Naser Al-Tamimi holds a PhD degree in Government and International Relations from Durham University, UK.