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China-MENA Relations: Looking Back and Envisioning the Future

China-MENA Relations: Looking Back and Envisioning the Future

Date(s) - 01/28/2021
8:00 am - 10:00 am

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UCLA Center for Middle East Development


Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 8 am to 10 am PST.

Thursday, January 28
8:00 AM Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
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China’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa is growing significantly, particularly with Algeria, Egypt, Iran, and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Beyond forging bilateral relations, Beijing has also used plurilateralism— such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF)— and ‘partnership diplomacy’ to cultivate its relationships. Most MENA countries have agreed to participate in China’s transcontinental Belt and Road initiative (BRI), prompting concerns among some western powers. As the MENA region contends with fiscal challenges of the COVID-19 fallout (twin crises for hydrocarbon exporters), it is unclear whether Chinese ambitions and engagements will expand at the same pace in the coming years.
Panelists will explore the strengthening economic ties between China and MENA countries, and their geopolitical and cultural implications.
Mr. Adel Hamaizia
Committee Vice-Chairman, Oxford Gulf &
Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum
Dr. Abdel Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg
Assistant Secretary General for Political & Negotiation Affairs, Gulf Cooperation Council
Ms. Martina Fuchs
Business Correspondent, Xinhua &
Global China Television Network (CGTN)
Dr. Yahia H. Zoubir:
Prof. of Intl. Relations/Management & Director of Research in Geopolitics, KEDGE Business School
*** Additional Panelists To Be Announced. ***
More information about the panel is available on the CMED Event Page (linked below)
Organized by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development
Co-sponsored by
Asia Pacific Center
Center for Chinese Studies
Please register for the Zoom webinar using the link below. After you register, we will forward Zoom access instructions for the event. The talk is viewable using a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, or by calling with a telephone. You may also view the webinar via YouTube live stream by returning to the CMED event page on the day of the event. For those who are unable to join the live event, a recording will be available on the CMED website afterwards.
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