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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on China – Middle East Relations

Edited By

Jonathan Fulton

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ISBN 9780367472702
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
424 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook brings together a mix of established and emerging international scholars to provide valuable analytical insights as to how China’s growing Middle East presence affects intra-regional development, trade, security, and diplomacy.

As the largest extra-regional economic actor in the Middle East, China is the biggest source of foreign direct investment into the region and the largest trading partner for most Middle Eastern states. This portends a larger role in political and security affairs, as the value of Chinese assets combined with a growing expatriate population in the region demand a more proactive role in contributing to regional order. Exploring the effect of these developments, the expert contributors also consider the reverberations in great power politics, as the U.S.A., Russia, India, Japan, and the European Union also have considerable interests in the region. The book is divided into four sections:

• historical and policy context

• state and regional case studies

• trade and development

• international relations, security and diplomacy

This volume is an essential reference for scholars and policy makers in the fields of international relations, political sociology, international political economy, and foreign policy analysis. Area studies specialists in Middle Eastern Studies, China Studies, and East Asian Studies will also find it an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

PART I Overview

1 China’s Emergence as a Middle East Power

Jonathan Fulton

2 China and the Middle East: An Autobiographical Perspective

Yitzak Shichor

3 The Middle East in China’s Global Strategies

Timothy Niblock

4 China in Middle Eastern Strategic Thinking

Anoushiravan Ehteshami

5 Strategic Convergence or Strategic Rivalry? China and America in the Middle East

Christopher Colley


PART II Relations Among Regions and States

6 China and the Gulf Region: From Strangers to Partners

Mohamed Bin Huwaidin

7 China and the Levant: Unlike any Other World Power

Yoram Evron

8 China and North Africa: History, Emerging Patterns and Prospects

Tin-Hinan El-Kadi

9 China – Egypt Relations During the BRI Era and Beyond

Duan Jiuzhou

10 China and Saudi Arabia: From Enmity to Strategic Hedging

Nasir Al-Tamimi

11 Turkey’s Relations with China and the Belt and Road Initiative

Altay Atli

12 China-Iran Relations: A Low-Quality Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Jacopo Scita

13 Israel and China: Past Denial, Present Cooperation, Uncertain Future

Roie Yellinek

14 Frozen in Time: China – Algeria Relations from Socialist Friendship to Pandemic Opportunism

Lina Binabdallah

15 Sino-Omani Relations

Mohamed Al Sudairi


PART III Trade and Development

16 China’s Evolving Energy Relations with the Middle East

Philip Andrews Speed and Lixia Yao

17 China’s Approach to Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Middle East

Samuel Ramani

18 China’s Nascent Soft Power Projection in Middle East and North Africa: Cultural, Educational and Media Initiatives

Chai Shaojin

19 Technological Dimensions of China-MENA Economic Relations

Robert Mogielnicki


PART IV International Relations, Security and Diplomacy

20 China’s Partnership Diplomacy in the Middle East

Sun Degang

21 Chinese Private Security Firms in the Middle East

Alessandro Arduino

22 Community Building and Social Engagement: Overseas Chinese Community in the United Arab Emirates

Wang Yuting

23 The China Model and the Middle East

Mehran Kamrava

24 A Tough Job: Chinese Diplomats in the Middle East and North Africa

Andrea Ghiselli

25 China and the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict

Guy Burton

26 Chinese Diplomatic Outreach to MENA: Cooperation Forums and Special Envoys

Dawn Murphy

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Jonathan Fulton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and a Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council.