Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency
Sophie Zinser
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Sophie Zinser

Will China lead a Middle East alliance as US-Iran tensions escalate?

  • In addition to growing investments in the region, China has proposed to organise a Middle East forum to resolve long-standing problems
  • However, past experience shows Beijing might be more concerned about appearing diplomatic than actually advancing a political agenda

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on January 23, 2016. Photo: AFP /Iranian Presidency
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Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser

Sophie Zinser is a researcher focusing on forced labour and China's role in the Middle East, South and Central Asia. She has worked with refugees and migrants on developing community-focused policy solutions for five years across the Middle East and Asia.