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How Israel and the Gulf States are Adapting to the U.S.-China Rivalry

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with the deputy foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing on December 15, 2023. Image vis the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The various crises unfolding in the Middle East have prompted a lot of observers to explore China’s role in the region and whether Beijing will take advantage of the current instability to bolster its position in key countries, particularly at the expense of the United States.

While there’s no doubt Chinese economic, political, and military engagement in the Mideast and Persian Gulf have become considerably more active over the past decade, experts caution not to read too much into this trend that China will eventually replace the United States as a major power in the region.

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