Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing on May 17. Photo: AP
Emanuele Scimia
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Emanuele Scimia

China’s belt and road projects are not enough to give it sway in the Middle East

  • Tensions over the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities threaten belt and road projects in the Gulf and China’s oil lifeline – and reveal Beijing’s lack of soft power and strategic influence
  • To have a say among the regional powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, China will have to consider an increased military presence and diplomatic activism

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing on May 17. Photo: AP
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An oil tanker unloads crude at a terminal in Zhoushan, in China’s Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters
Neal Kimberley
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Macroscope by Neal Kimberley

Amid US-China trade war, a new source of tension emerges: Iranian oil

  • China and the US are looking at a new round of trade talks. But dire US relations with Iran complicate China’s attempts to import Iranian oil and meet its huge energy needs

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An oil tanker unloads crude at a terminal in Zhoushan, in China’s Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters
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