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Don’t Overestimate China’s Influence in the Middle East: Researcher

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a meeting with foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim-majority nations at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on November 20, 2023. Pedro PARDO / AFP

China’s complex position as a rising diplomatic power and a major oil buyer in the Middle East raises questions about its position as realities in the region shift rapidly.

This discussion has both overstated China’s ambitions as wanting to replace the U.S. in the region and understated its influence by framing Beijing as a foreign policy amateur.

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