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The China-Mediterranean Observer: Everyone’s Calculating the Impact of the China-Iran Deal

Unsurprisingly, among the noteworthy events that took place this month, the media of the wider Mediterranean region focused on the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the Middle East in late March. Although there are concerns over the impact on the region from the rising ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Tesla-fication of Vaccines

175 former heads of state, Nobel Prize winners and other illustrious eminences added their support to the call for the U.S. government to mandate a relaxing of intellectual property laws to allow countries in the Global South to mass-produce vaccines without fear of being sued. One of the more revealing details in this discussion is that the mechanism for countries to use a health emergency to momentarily suspend intellectual property rights already exists ...

China’s Recent Iran Deal Should be Seen in a Much Broader Context Urges One of China’s Most Prominent Mideast Scholars

There's been a lot of discussion over the past week about the implications of the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership agreement the two sides signed during Foreign Minister Wang Yi's recent visit to Tehran. Scholars and analysts in the U.S. and Europe have been struggling to understand the ...

Chinese Professor Identifies Three Risks For China in Beijing’s Recent Iran Deal

The recent signing of a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between China and Iran sparked considerable debate within China about whether the benefits of a deal with Tehran are worth the considerable risks to Beijing's broader diplomatic agenda in the Mideast and, more importantly, its ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: MENA Countries and the Burgeoning U.S.-China Rivalry

This month, the research through the media of the broader Mediterranean region brought forth interesting developments in Chinese engagement with the countries of the area. Moreover, several media outlets show a continuing interest in the rivalry between China and the United States, and its possible consequences on ...

Everyone’s Still Trying to Figure Out If The New China-Iran Agreement is a Big Deal or a Whole Lot of Nothing

Conservative commentators and media in the United States all seem to think that China's newly signed 25-year strategic cooperation agreement with Iran is a game-changer and marks the emergence of a new anti-democratic power axis. But pretty much everyone else isn't quite so sure. In fact, a lot ...

China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East and North Africa

China's presence in the Middle East North Africa region has been steadily rising over the past 25 years and is now entering a new, more complex phase that extends beyond commercial ties to also include potential security implications, writes Afshin Molavi, a senior fellow at ...

Jonathan Fulton: China’s Proposed Strategic Partnership With Iran is “Overstated”

Jonathan Fulton, a leading China-Persian Gulf scholar, warned U.S. policymakers not to misread China's proposed strategic partnership with Iran, which has sparked widespread concern in Washington. Fulton testified towards the end of a day-long hearing on Wednesday organized by the U.S.-China ...

The Maritime Implications of Growing China-Iran Strategic Ties

Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer and now a senior fellow who heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation explores the implications of a China-Iran strategic partnership in the context of naval power.  Singh points ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Chinese and Iranian Analysts Are Not Aligned on Proposed Pact

We found a number of very interesting articles published by the media of the wider Mediterranean region that provide important insights into some of the most interesting aspects of China’s relations with the countries there. Though we selected articles published by the media of a number of ...

The Proposed China-Iran Deal “Isn’t a Big Deal” Says Leading China-Gulf Scholar

Jonathan Fulton is an assistant professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's leading experts on the Chinese in the Persian Gulf/Middle East regions.  Fulton has ...

The Shockwaves of a Potential China-Iran Deal Are Being Felt Far From the Gulf All the Way to South Asia

African leaders have steadfastly tried to avoid being sucked into the increasingly bitter stand-off between the United States and China, opting instead to try and retain constructive ties with both countries. India, too, for years tried to maintain non-alignment amidst regional and global powers but now that ...
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