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The upward push of the Arab international and China are a part of an identical tale, as soon as buying and selling companions through the Silk street. this can be a absolutely revised and up to date account of the way China is spurring progress within the Arab international, taking into consideration new advancements that experience taken position because the first edition.

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The New Silk Road: How a Rising Arab World is Turning Away from the West and Rediscovering China

The increase of the Arab international and China are a part of an identical tale, as soon as buying and selling companions through the Silk street. this can be a absolutely revised and up to date account of ways China is spurring development within the Arab global, bearing in mind new advancements that experience taken position because the first version.

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He had only recently retired as head of a working group dispatched in 2002 to reestablish the Chinese embassy in Iraq. ”64 Sun was plunged almost immediately into an emergency, as fighting broke out between Hizbollah and Israel in July 2006. He shuttled between Beirut, Damascus, Amman, Jerusalem, and Cairo during the hostilities, but his public statements were limited to requests for the cessation of hostilities. In addition to its increased diplomatic activity, China may more actively wield its power as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

A reporter friend who worked for Bloomberg Television attended the OPEC meetings in Beirut, Riyadh, and Tehran and recalled, “Al Naimi was the only official we wanted to speak with. ” Saudi Arabia is China’s major oil partner. 3 million barrels per day. Oman produces mainly low-sulfur “sweet” crude oil and so was a logical target in the early years, given the restraints on China’s high-sulfur sour crude oil refining facilities. Yet China’s imports from Oman are almost stagnant even as its imports from Saudi Arabia are rising sharply.

No,” he said. ” China is now prepared to deal more directly with troubled states, thus complicating America’s relations with the Middle East, but that doesn’t mean China seeks instability in the region. The prospect of a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, for instance, would be horrifying to Beijing. The risk for China is that American “adventurism” in the Arab world pushes oil prices higher. The Iraq war is a case in point. The war is now popularly viewed as a mistake, as there were no weapons of mass destruction, while the links between the regime of Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were tenuous at best.

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