Looking East: The China-Gulf Initiative

Looking East: The China-Gulf Initiative explores the expanding and multifaceted relations between China and Gulf Arab states. The objective of this initiative, led by AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Robert Mogielnicki, is to deepen understanding of evolving economic linkages as well as assess the associated political, diplomatic, security, cultural, and technological implications of stronger Chinese-Gulf ties.

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Strong China-Gulf Energy Ties Spill Into Key Regional Issues

Energy cooperation is a central factor in not only China-Gulf economic relations but also the triangular – and often fraught – relationship among the United States, Gulf states, and China.

China-GCC FTA Negotiations and Prospects for Broader Economic Collaboration

On April 5, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the potential free trade agreement between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

China-Gulf Initiative: Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Energy and Geopolitical Implications

On September 15, as part of the China-Gulf Initiative, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining energy relations between China and the Gulf states.

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Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Oil and Gas

China’s willingness to boost imports of discounted Russian crude oil reinforces why Gulf oil- and gas-producing states should strive for diversified energy partnerships.

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Implementing the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Not So Fast

While long on aspiration and flourish, implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership has seemed short on substance, highlighting China’s long-held strategy of viewing Tehran as an expendable piece in its chess match with Washington.

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Growing China-Gulf Economic Relations Have Limits

Economic ties between China and the Gulf states are indeed growing but not necessarily in every direction nor at an infinitely accelerating pace.

China and the GCC: A Discussion of the "Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations"

On March 8, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion on the China-Gulf relationship, based on the "Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations."

Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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