China’s Expanding Influence in the Middle East

KAS and IFI hold conference on Beijing's interests, aims and strategies

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The last decade has seen an increasing economic and political involvement of the People’s Republic of China in the Middle East. China’s push to the west has become most visible through its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, in which the region plays a pivotal role and that aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa. On 28 September, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Issam Fares Institute (IFI) held a conference in Beirut titled “China’s Expanding Influence in the Middle East – Trade, Energy, Security and Multipolarity” to discuss China’s long-term interests, aims and strategies in the region.


Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

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Lebanon, October 13, 2017

Tarek Mitri and Nils Wörmer open the conference
The first panel on the "One Belt, One Road" initiative and the role of the Middle East
The conference attracted a lot of attention
The second panel on China's policy in Pakistan/Afghanistan, the Gulf region and Syria