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What is China Trying to Achieve in the Middle East? Prominent Chinese Scholar Lays it Out

Wu Bingbing, director of the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Culture at Peking University. Image via People's Daily.

Chinese diplomacy in the Middle East has become a lot more prominent over the last few years, especially with its brokering of a diplomatic thaw between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Since the start of the Israel conflict, China has called for a ceasefire and drew Israeli anger by not specifically condemning Hamas.

Despite many Western observers dismissing China’s role, Wu Bingbing, head of Beijing University’s Institute of Arab-Islamic Culture, argues that China brings a new approach to the region’s crisis. A translated version of an article that appeared in Chinese before the current crisis laying out China’s approach to the region recently appeared in Thomas des Garets Geddes’ Sinification newsletter.

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