Both China and Gulf states employ propaganda in their campaigns to reassure international public opinion, and each other.
Senior Researcher, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Mohammed Turki Al-Sudairi is a senior researcher with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. He is affiliated with the Asian Religious Connections research cluster and involved in the “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road” research project. Al-Sudairi earned a BS in international politics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a double master’s degree in international relations and international history, respectively, from Peking University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in comparative politics from the University of Hong Kong. His research largely focuses on Chinese domestic politics, normative transnational links in China-Middle East relations, and the Arab left.
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