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China’s Mideast Position in Flux Amid Escalating U.S.-Iran Crisis

Iranians tear up a US flag during a demonstration in Tehran on January 3, 2020 following the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Editor’s Note: the geopolitical lines that once clearly separated Africa, MENA and the GCC countries from one another are now quite blurred. As such, we’re going to include more coverage of China-Gulf and China Mideast relations in our daily newsletter and podcasts.

There’s an emerging consensus in some corners of Washington’s commentary class that China stands to be the big beneficiary of the worsening crisis between the United States and Iran that was sparked by the recent assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

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