As the economies of East Asia grow ever stronger, their need for energy resources increases, which in turn compels closer relations with the countries of the Middle East. This book examines the developing relations between the countries of East Asia, especially China and Japan, with the countries of the Middle East. It looks at various key bilateral relationships, including with Iran and Syria, discusses the impact on the United States’ hegemony in both regions, considers whether the new relations represent a contribution to, or a threat to, peace and stability, and assesses the implications of the changes for patterns of regional and global international relations systems.
1. The MENA-EA Nexus: Introduction and Conceptual Framework Yukiko Miyagi Part 1: The Emerging Cross Regional Nexus and US Hegemony 2. Middle East-East Asia Relations: Between Geopolitics and Globalization Anoushirivan Ehteshami 3. Gulf-East Asian Relations: From Economic Interdependence to Strategic Cooperation N. Janardhan 4. East Asia and the Middle East: Inter-regional Dynamics and American Hegemony Raymond Hinnebusch and Yukiko Miyagi Part 2: Japanese Middle East Energy Diplomacy 5. Japan’s Energy Policy and Energy Diplomacy in the Gulf Yukiko Miyagi and Yoshikazu Kobayashi 6. Japan in the Gulf: Between Intra-bureaucratic Politics and Inter-Asian Rivalry Namie Tsujigami and Koji Horinuki Part 3: China’s Rise in the Middle East 7. China’s Energy Diplomacy towards the Middle East Janet Xuanli Liao 8. Sino-Iranian Relations since the Cold War Baris Adebeli 9. China’s Policy Toward Saudi Arabia: Searching For A Reliable Partner Naser Al-Tamimi 10. American Hegemony (and Hubris), the Iranian Nuclear Issue, and the Future of Sino-Iranian Relations Flynt and Hillary Leverett 11. China and the United States in the Middle East and the Islamic World Robert Bianchi 12. Conclusion: Asianization and Systemic Shift Anoushirivan Ehteshami