Several nations with interests in the Middle East are now reevaluating their strategies in light of China's rise as a key player in the region.
Governments and businesses in the MENA region did not have to think much about China until recently, and the last ten years have seen a significant change in this area. And whether you are talking about commerce, investment, security, development, or diplomacy, the subject of what Beijing thinks is now constantly raised. This is complicated by China's difficult interactions with numerous international events and forums and world economies.
In this podcast episode, we are joined by Camille Lons, a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) - Middle East, currently detached to Taipei, to discuss how Europeans see China as a rising global player in the geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa and the world. Camille Lons and host Jonathan Fulton also discuss the EU’s response to the rising influence of China in MENA and the world; the areas where the EU and China can cooperate in the Middle East; how China’s growing presence in the region affects EU’s interests; the EU’s position in the US-China geopolitical competition, and China’s strong influence in MENA despite warnings and issues raised by Western allies, among other topics.