Sunrise in Qatar, a Gulf state, where Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative is being actively realised. Photo: EPA
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Opinion

Opinion

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Oil is just the start of China’s belt and road interest in the Gulf

  • Part of the reason for Beijing’s presence in the region is the pressing need to resolve its overcapacity problem, such as in the steel and concrete industries
  • More than this, the belt and road strategy is also seeking to facilitate the flow of trade and investment with the Gulf, writes Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Sunrise in Qatar, a Gulf state, where Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative is being actively realised. Photo: EPA
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