China strengthens its commercial and strategic cooperation with Gulf countries

Arab monarchies, like Iran and Turkey, want to position themselves on the “New Route of Silk” while China seeks to impose itself in the United States region.

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Chinese leader to go out regularly from the country for two years, Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, introduced a new tradition: on his return, he benefits from his forty related to Covid to receive – in China, but far from Beijing – his foreign counterparts. Back from a trip to Africa, he received, from 10 to 14 January, the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, as well as the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of the Cooperation Council. Gulf (CGC), Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf. Note the absence of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, also members of the GCC, whose unit has been mistreated in recent years.

Wang Yi also received, Wednesday, January 12, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Friday, January 14, his Iranian counterpart. One way for Beijing to show that China intends to play an important political role in this region of the world and that, unlike the United States, it maintains good relations with all states. On Wednesday, it was also announced that Syria had officially joined the Chinese investment program of the “New Silk Road”, another affront to Vis-à-vis Washington, which imposes on Damascus of Lourdes economic sanctions.

The meeting with the Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain aimed to “exchange their views” about the Iranian nuclear negotiations. While the Gulf countries are worried about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Chinese minister reported that if the overall non-proliferation system should be respected, “the fair and reasonable concerns” of some countries in the region were also to be taken. into account. Tuesday, Wang Wenbin, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, also expressed the “mutual support of China and Iran on fundamental issues”. In 2021, China and Iran concluded a spectacular “strategic partnership” for twenty-five years.

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Commercially, Wang Yi and the CGC Secretary-General have defined a “Action Plan 2022-2025” intended to conclude a free trade agreement and “establishing a free trade zone China-CCG as quickly as possible “. Ongoing since 2004, these negotiations are not successful. According to Beijing, China has become the first economic partner of CGC countries in 2020, destroying the European Union. It matters about 70% of its oil from this region of the world.

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