#72 – The Middle East in China-US Relations


Juan COLE, Richard P.Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan

Mohsen SHARIATINIA, Assistant Professor, Shahdid Beheshti National University of Iran

Tugrul KESKIN, Professor and Director, Center for Global Governance, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University



In the past years, US activities in the Middle East as the primary security guarantor created an ideal situation for China to focus primarily on its economic development in the region and enabling Chinese investments to flourish. Nonetheless, a recent decrease of political interest as well as energy dependence from the region have brought the United States to rollback their active military presence in the area, causing concerns among Middle Eastern rulers, who seek a new security guarantor if the US were to withdraw.


Considering the scale of the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s increasing presence as a leading power in the Middle East, policy-makers in the region, as well as the international community, will request Beijing to use its influence in order to create long-term stability in the area. In this regard, China could take the lead in a varied range of actions, but this might push Beijing to re-evaluate its neutrality stance on polarized sensitive issues.


Signs of an increased Chinese security presence are already evident, but whether Beijing desires to achieve this goal is still uncertain.


Join our event#72 for a conversation on the current situation of the region and how big powers are involved in its stability.


ThinkINchina is back to Wudaokou, we’ll be hosted by a venue that just went into business, Wilderness Coffee – 荒野咖啡 in Chinese, the former Sculpting in Time.

Wilderness Coffee, Wudaokou Chengfu Road, Huaqing Jiayuan 12 bldg

From Wudaokou subway station, exit B, walks towards South


五道口地铁站B口西南100米 – 原雕刻时光旧址






As always, our events are free, we kindly ask you to register in advance for helping us in the organization of the venue, thanks!

Registration will start at 6pm and close at 6.45, seats are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Arriving later won’t guarantee you a seat.