Crossing the Gulf: China Sets Eyes on Middle East

Sunday, February 21, 2016
By Paul Martin

Recovering from past disappointments, China has set itself for a more proactive, business-oriented foreign policy in the Middle East, ending decades of practical non-involvement. But is it crossing the gulf without feeling the stones?

Although China has conventionally seen the Middle East as mostly an energy source, the country has developed a new framework, which would expand cooperation.

China’s Foreign Ministry released a policy paper on the Middle East in January, and continues to look for new ways of cooperation.

“In the policy paper, the framework of the relations are explained using the ‘1+2+3 cooperation pattern,’ with energy cooperation as the ‘core,’ infrastructure construction and trade and investment facilitation as the ‘2’ wings, and nuclear energy, space satellites and new energy as the ‘3’ breakthroughs,” China-Turkey ties analyst Umut Ergunsü wrote in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily.

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