CHINA VERSUS THE US IN THE MIDDLE EAST:
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CHINA VERSUS THE US IN THE MIDDLE EAST: COOPERATION OR COMPETITION?
CHINA VERSUS THE US IN THE MIDDLE EAST: COOPERATION OR COMPETITION?

Author(s): Cristina-Florentina Dincă
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Political Sciences, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Comparative politics
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: security dynamics; Middle East; Chinese strategy; soft power; energy security;
Summary/Abstract: Over the last years, People’s Republic of China (PRC) has surpassed the United States of America (U.S.) as the world’s leading energy consumer and importer of oil.China’s relations with the Middle East become an important issue with global implications.This paper examines China’s interests in and its strategy towards the Middle East and what are the consequences for the U.S.. The aim is to find out to what extend China’s expanding presence in the Middle East poses a threat to the US security partnerships with Arab countries and the US military posture in the region. Even if China influence in the region has largely been economic, growing trade and investment also gives Beijing increased geopolitical stature. To achieve the intended purpose, the research framework will consist on a qualitative analysis based on case study method.