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Author Scobell, Andrew, author

Title China in the Middle East : the Wary Dragon / Andrew Scobell, Alireza Nader
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 98 pages) : color illustrations
Series Research report ; RR-1229-A
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1229-A
Contents Preface -- Figures -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. How important to China is the Middle East?: History -- Does China Have a Middle East Strategy? -- China's Interests and Objectives in the Middle East -- Conclusion -- 3. China engages Saudi Arabia: Chinese Instruments and Mechanisms -- Conclusion -- 4. China and Iran: close but complicated: The Growth of Ties in the Wake of Iran's Revolution -- Military and Nuclear Cooperation -- Economic and Energy Cooperation -- China and Sanctions -- -- Relations Under Rouhani -- Conclusion -- 5. Whither the wary dragon? Implications for the United States: Mismatch in the Middle East -- The Elephant in the Room -- Recommendations -- Abbreviations -- References
Summary "China is becoming increasingly active in the Middle East, just as some regional states perceive a declining U.S. commitment to the region. This study examines China's interests in the region and assesses China's economic, political, and security activities in the Middle East to determine whether China has a strategy toward the region and what such a strategy means for the United States. The study focuses on China's relations with two of its key partners in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Iran. The study concludes that China has adopted a "wary dragon" strategy toward the Middle East, whereby China is reluctant to commit substantial diplomatic or military resources to protect its growing energy and other economic interests. China does not pose a threat to U.S. interests in the region, and the United States is likely to remain the dominant security actor in the Middle East for the foreseeable future. The study recommends that the United States adopt a two-pronged strategy where China and the Middle East are concerned. First, the United States should encourage China, along with other Asian powers, to become more involved in efforts to improve Middle East stability. Second, the United States should work to reassure Middle East partners of an enduring U.S. security commitment to the region."--Publisher's description
Notes "December 5, 2016"--Table of contents page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-98)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed December 6, 2016)
Subject Energy security -- China -- 21st century.
Security, International -- 21st century.
China -- Economic policy -- 2000-
China -- Foreign relations -- 1949-
China -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
China -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- China.
Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- China.
Form Electronic book
Author Nader, Alireza, author
Arroyo Center, publisher, issuing body
ISBN 0833092723 (electronic bk.)
9780833092724 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Wary Dragon