The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP
The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP
Mina Al-Oraibi
Opinion

Opinion

Mina Al-Oraibi

US-China competition: Washington is no longer the obvious choice for the Middle East

  • While US still holds considerable sway in region, Mideast countries would rather not pick sides, preferring to work with an array of partners including China
  • Nations are looking to build their own futures and cannot afford to wait for the US to decide how it will engage

The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP
The national flags of China and Saudi Arabia are displayed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 21, 2019. As the United States becomes more isolationist, Middle Eastern countries are expanding their horizons and seeking strategic partnerships with other countries, including China. Photo: AFP
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