Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shake hands in Beijing on March 16, 2017, after signing 14 agreements on economic cooperation worth US$65 billion. Photo: Kyodo

China rewrites the rules on how to rise in influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner writes that Beijing, by increasing its oil consumption and maintaining an open posture towards competing actors in the region while letting the US handle the security burden, has quietly made itself into a massive player in the region

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shake hands in Beijing on March 16, 2017, after signing 14 agreements on economic cooperation worth US$65 billion. Photo: Kyodo
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Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner is CEO of Country Risk Solutions and a widely published author on current affairs and risk management. He has published six books and more than 600 articles. His latest book is China Vision. He holds master's degrees in international relations from the University of Chicago and in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London. He can be reached at: [email protected]