U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia put Great Power competition with China in the Middle East into sharp focus.
But one of China’s leading Mideast scholars, Fan Hongda, a professor at the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, recently published a column in the nationalist online tabloid Observer (观察) that laid out how he thinks Beijing should compete with Washington — and it’s not with guns or frigates:
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