China and the Middle East uniquely explores China’s growing presence in the Middle East, and both the benefits and anxiety that this presence has caused in the region, as well as in the West. There are currently very few sources of reference from a Middle Eastern standpoint on the role that the China is currently playing out in the Middle East. Muhamad Olimat addresses this gap in the literature, presenting an in-depth analysis of Chinese-Middle Eastern relations, highlighting some of the most important events that characterize the ties between China and the Middle East, and examining their relationship in key areas such as energy, trade, arms sales, culture and politics.
The title consists of 8 chapters, focusing on the following topics:
This title assists the understanding of the uniqueness of the Chinese model of engagement in the Middle East and develops a theoretical framework to understand, analyse and predict future trends in Chinese-Middle Eastern relations. It is therefore of major interest and use to scholars, post graduates and final year undergraduates of Middle East Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy, Sino-Middle Eastern relations, China’s international relations, international relations of the Middle East, Middle East political economy, Saudi Studies, Iranian Studies, American-Chinese relations and Great Powers policies toward the Middle East.
'… an excellent handbook … I do not know of a book that better fulfills this goal. … (provides) a smorgasbord of concise, clear, engaging and accessible chapters.' - Teresa Wright, California State University, in 'Pacific Affairs'
'… laudable and ambitious … heartily recommended as an introduction to a range of important topics, and as an excellent overview of the relevant issues and institutions' – Jens Hein, Chatham House, in 'International Affairs'
Chapter 1 - Introduction: An Overview of Sino-Middle Eastern Relations
Chapter 2 - A Theoretical Perspective
Chapter 3 - A Tridimensional Approach to Sino-Middle Eastern Relations
Chapter 4 - Energy Security and the Growing Demand for Oil in China
Chapter 5 - Cultural Exchange: the Growing Stature of China in the Middle East
Chapter 6 - Great Power Rivalry in the Middle East
Chapter 7 - Challenges to Sino-Middle Eastern Relations
Chapter 8 - Conclusion: Future Trends