The Heat: China’s role in the Middle East

The Heat

Wang Yi’s visit to the Middle East is being described as an economic and diplomatic success.

Among the highlights, China agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran over the next 25-years in exchange for oil to fuel China’s economy.

In another deal with the United Arab Emirates, China will partner with an Abu Dhabi company to produce annually up to 200-million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm. It’s the first production of the Chinese vaccine outside the country.

The Chinese Foreign Minister also visited with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Oman, and Bahrain.

Joining the discussion:

  •  Samuel Ramani is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
  • Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida.
  • Edmund Ghareeb is a Middle East scholar and analyst.
  • Einar Tangen is a Political and Economic Affairs Commentator.

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