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Analysts Reflect on the Impact of the Recent China-Arab Forum and Future of China’s Mideast Role

China’s President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the 10th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 30, 2024. JADE GAO / AFP

It’s been two weeks since Arab leaders gathered in Beijing for the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and analysts who closely follow Chinese foreign policy in the Mideast have had a chance to digest the outcomes of this year’s gathering.

Jonathan Fulton, a renowned China-Persian Gulf scholar at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, conducted an informal survey of academics and policy analysts who specialize in China-Mideast relations to gauge their response to the forum and what’s ahead for China, particularly related to the Israel/Palestinian crisis.

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