Gedaliah Afterman
Gedaliah Afterman
Dr Gedaliah Afterman is head of the Asia Policy Programme at the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel). He previously served as an Australian foreign service officer working on Asian regional security issues and a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Beijing where he focused on issues related to China’s foreign policy, including the Middle East.

With Iranian nuclear talks set to resume, the Middle East is at a critical juncture. The US and China could turn it into another playing field for competition – or they could cooperate to ensure stability.

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It is unlikely China will endanger relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in favour of Iran. While Tehran hopes to benefit, both sides are aware this is not an agreement among equals, as Iran needs China much more than China needs Iran.

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China has courted the Middle East with offers of investment and technology. However, Beijing is wary of the region’s instability, and remains sensitive to American influence, which Biden might seek to reassert.

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