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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations

Edited By

Jonathan Fulton

ISBN 9780367472702
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
432 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 into 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 demands 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 United States, 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

Yitzhak Shichor

3 The Middle East in China’s global strategies

Tim Niblock

4 China in Middle Eastern strategic thinking

Anoushiravan Ehteshami

5 Strategic convergence or strategic rivalry? China and America in the Middle East

Christopher K. 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, economic engagement and soft power

Tin Hinane El Kadi

9 China– Egypt relations during the BRI era and beyond

Duan Jiuzhou

10 China and Saudi Arabia: From enmity to strategic hedging

Naser 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 distance, present cooperation, uncertain future

Roie Yellinek

14 Frozen in time: China–Algeria relations from socialist friendship to pandemic opportunism

Lina Benabdallah

15 Sino-Omani relations

Mohammed 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 the 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

Degang Sun

21 Chinese private security companies in the Middle East

Alessandro Arduino

22 Community-building and social engagement: The 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 C. 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, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council.