China seeks to promote a harmonious relationship among its strategic partners in the Gulf in support of its economic interests.
Narayanappa Janardhan is senior research fellow in the Gulf-Asia Program at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. He also offers diplomats PGD and MA courses on Gulf and Asian foreign policies. His academic publications include The Arab Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships (ed., Gerlach, 2020); A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role (ed., Gerlach, 2014); and Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf (Ithaca, 2011). With a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Janardhan is managing assistant editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge). He is a regular contributor to various international think tanks, academic publications, and media outlets.
The double whammy of low oil prices and the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown in the Gulf Arab states has forced governments to deal with a changing labor market.
Saudi Arabia and India are strengthening their strategic partnership, but their ties involve the interplay of other countries.
With heightened tensions in the region, it may be time for the Gulf Arab states to recalibrate their security arrangements, and Asian countries – which are the region’s main economic partners – could play a role.