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1st Edition

China's Economic and Political Presence in the Middle East and South Asia

ISBN 9781032216041
Published September 21, 2022 by Routledge
250 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores a range of key issues connected to China’s relations with countries in the Middle East and South Asia. It discusses economic and political connections, and projects which have arisen as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It covers both important countries in the Middle East, and also Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It examines current contentious issues including Iranian sanctions and the war in Syria, and assesses the roles of other powers such as Russia, Turkey and Israel insofar as they affect China’s relationships. Overall, the book presents many new perspectives on the subject, with many of the perspectives representing the view from the countries of the Middle East and South Asia.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Luciano Zaccara and Mehran Haghirian 2 China in the Middle East and North Africa: An Empirical Inquiry on China’s Expansion towards the West Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou and Hamed Vafaei 3 The Sino-Iranian Relationship: A Role Theory Approach to a Non-Western Great Power-Middle Power Partnership Jacopo Scita 4 Iran’s ‘Eastward Turn’ in a Turning World: Reassessing Sanctions as a Driver of China-Iran Trade Esfandyar Batmanghelidj 5 China’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and the Position of the Gulf States Vorachai Israsena Pichitkanjanakul 6 Strategic Transformations of China’s Relations with GCC States: From a Unidimensional relationship to a Multilayered Partnership Ümit Alperen 7 The Emerging Security Role of Turkey and China in the Middle East: Avoiding a Possible Clash in the Future Ali Bakir 8 China and Russia in Post-War Syria: Cooperation or Competition? Lukács Krajcsír 9 The Israel Factor in the Dynamic Relations between China and the Islamic World Zhiqun Zhu 10 China-Bangladesh and China-Pakistan Security Cooperation in the Context of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and its Implications to the Contemporary Indian Ocean Geopolitics Noor Mohammad Sarker 11 China’s Changing Posture towards Afghanistan: An Insight from Neo Classical Realism Sehar Sabir

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Mehran Haghirian is a PhD Candidate at Qatar University and Director of Regional Initiatives at the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation.

Luciano Zaccara is a Research Associate Professor in the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University.