A pair of recent Congressional hearings revealed the heightened anxiety in Washington about China’s expanding presence in the Middle East and North Africa. Both lawmakers and Pentagon officials appear increasingly concerned that China’s rapidly expanding economic, security, and diplomatic presence in the region will all come at the expense of the United States.
Fudan University international relations scholar Andrea Ghiselli agrees… well, sort of. In a new paper published in the journal Rusi and a new book that just came out from Oxford University Press, Ghiselli argues that China does, in fact, want to erode U.S. influence in MENA as part of a broader campaign to transition from a unipolar world to multi-polar. But contrary to the perception among many in Washington, Andrea contends that the Chinese have no plans to challenge the U.S. militarily in MENA but will instead rely on economic and diplomatic initiatives.
- RUSI Journal: China as an Offshore Balancer in the Middle East and North Africa by Andrea Ghiselli and Maria Grazia Erika Giuffrida
- Oxford University Press: Protecting China’s Interests Overseas: Securitization and Foreign Policy by Andrea Ghiselli
- Project Syndicate: Will China Be the Middle East’s Next Hegemon? by Shlomo Ben-Ami
Dr. Andrea GHISELLI is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University. He is a non-resident Research Fellow with the TOChina Hub. His research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policymaking and China’s policy toward the Middle East and North Africa
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