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The Sino-Gulf relationship is deeply rooted in the pre-Silk Road history. In 138 B.C., the Han dynasty sent Zhang Qian to the “Western Region” to explore a military alliance with the Yuezhi kingdom, located in the Ferghana Valley (Central Asia), to deter the Xiongnu rulers’ repeated attacks upon...
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China has been skillfully navigating its interest in the Gulf region in terms of security, energy security, trade partnerships, and political and cultural relations. On many occasions, this task has proven to be rather challenging. Utilizing “acrobatic” diplomacy, Beijing has largely learned how to walk on a very thin rope while maneuvering and balancing its interests among its rivals...
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The earliest encounter between China and Bahrain dates back to the ancient Silk Road. Chinese and Bahraini sources highlight these long-standing ties connected through the maritime Silk Road. However, their modern encounter dates back to the 1950s. Upon its takeover in 1949, the Communist Party of China (CPC) concentrated on establishing ties with the Arab world. Beijing’s participation in...
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China and Kuwait date their ties back to the Silk Road; however, their modern ties began in the 1950s. Beijing provided significant support to Kuwait in its 1961–1962 independence crisis and again in 1990–1991 during the Iraqi invasion. From the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, Beijing utilized Kuwait as a major avenue of opening relations with the Gulf region. In addition, Kuwait was among...
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Oman has had the longest contacts with China in comparison to any other Arabian Gulf country. Oman’s port of Sohar was referred to in ancient history as the “Gateway to China.” Their bilateral ties dates back to the second diplomatic missions led by Envoy Zhang Qian, who was sent by Han Emperor Wudi in 138 B.C., and in 115 B.C. to build military alliances and explore...
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The earliest encounter between Qatar and China dates back to the ancient maritime Silk Road and the overland route upon which Arab merchants traveled, throughout Arabia, via Persia and Central Asia, to reach China. Their ties developed gradually throughout history to the extent that Beijing now deems Qatar a key Gulf and Greater Middle East country. Doha has formally joined the Economic...
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The earliest contact between what is currently Saudi Arabia and China dates back to the early years of the Silk Road. Envoy Qian’s explorers reached the Arabian cost (Oman-Aman) during his second journey in 115 BC. The advent of Islam in Arabia transformed Sino-Arabian relations. In modern times, Sino-Saudi contact dates back to the 1955 Bandung Conference in Indonesia when Prince Faisal,...
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The earliest recorded contacts between China and the present-day United Arab Emirates (UAE) dates back to the Silk Road era. Archaeological excavation in ancient towns across the UAE’s Arabian coast and the Gulf of Oman proved that they were an integral part of the trade network that connected China to the Greater Middle East. Modern ties between the UAE and China began during the...
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The ten chapters examined Sino-GCC relations on both the bilateral and multilateral levels. They highlighted the depth of China’s involvement in each Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country and with the GCC as region on a five-dimensional approach: energy security, trade relations, political relations, security cooperation, and cultural ties. On each of these criteria, the GCC is...
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Dr. Muhamad S. Olimat is a Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies. He teaches currently at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. His research interest is China and the Middle East and the political economy of the Greater Middle East. He published five books, several articles, and book-chapters on the region. His most recent book...
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