China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom

The U.S. needs to wake up to the plot that’s transpiring in the Middle East with Iran, Russia and China.

American policymakers have long assumed that Chinese and American goals in the Middle East are largely complementary. Beijing, so the prevailing wisdom holds, is fixated on commerce, with a special emphasis on oil and gas. “China’s strategy in the Middle East is driven by its economic interests,” a former senior official in the Obama administration testified last year before Congress. MORE