China issues first „Arab Policy Paper“

Several days before Chinese president Xi Jinping is expected to arrive in Egypt for his first official state visit in the Middle East, the Chinese government has published its first „Arab Policy Paper“.

Among several issues, energy cooperation is specifically highlighted by the Chinese side. Yet country-specific measures cannot be found in the official document. The mere existence of China’s Arab Policy Paper could indicate that the strategic importance of the Arab World for the People’s Republic is further growing (see Tiezzi 2016).

References

  • Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China 中华人民共和国外交部 (2016), China’s Policy Paper on the Arab States (Full Text) 中国对阿拉伯国家政策文件(全文), January 2016, available online at: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/zyxw/t1331327.shtml (last accessed: 14th January 2016).
  • Tiezzi, Shannon (2016), Revealed: China’s Blueprint for Building Middle East Relations, The Diplomat, 14th January 2016, available online at: http://bit.ly/1Zyi1GU (last accessed: 14th January 2016).
  • Xinhua (2016), China’s Arab Policy Paper, January 2016, available online at: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2016-01/13/c_135006619.htm (last accessed: 14th January 2016).
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