China is not going to jeopardize relations with the United States or the Gulf Arab states for stronger ties with an Iran of marginal economic and political value.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Zayed University
Jonathan Fulton is an assistant professor of political science at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His teaching and research interests focus on China’s relations with the Gulf Arab monarchies, international relations of the Gulf, and international relations of East Asia.
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