The Growing Chinese Interests in the Middle East: Prospects of Saudi-Iran Rapprochement

Authors

  • Dr. Hassan Farooq Mashwani Assistant Professor, School of International Relations, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Abdul Waheed Ph. D Scholar, Department of Pol-Science University of Peshawar, KP, Pakistan
  • Samiya Shahzad Ph. D Scholar, School of International Relations, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2024(8-II-S)36

Keywords:

GCC, JCPOA, Riyadh, Tehran and Beijing

Abstract

The paper aims to study the Chinese growing interests in the Middle east and its implications for Saudi-Iran rapprochement. For the exceptional rise of China and its energy requirements the Middle East stands one of the most attractive destinations for its foreign policy. The recently held Sino-Arab Summit reflects Beijing's growing interests and influence in the region. Major focus of the Arab-Chinese ties lies in economic development and peaceful resolution of the regional disputes. Beijing mediated the restoration of Riyadh-Tehran diplomatic ties between the two ideological rivals, representing opposing Islamic sects - Sunni and Shia Muslims. The data has been mainly collected through secondary sources with exploratory research design. The Saudi-Iran conflictual ties can hinder Chinese trade and investment in the Middle East therefore, it has keenly assisted the Saudi-Iran rapprochement. Iran and Saudia need to capitalize Chinese growing economic and political interests in the Middle East that will be helpful for the regional and global peace and stability.

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Published

2024-06-30

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How to Cite

Mashwani, H. F., Waheed, A., & Shahzad, S. (2024). The Growing Chinese Interests in the Middle East: Prospects of Saudi-Iran Rapprochement. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 8(2), 394–405. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2024(8-II-S)36

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