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Arab newspapers discuss the growing presence of China in the Middle East with the transformation of its policy to be a “central player” in regional issues, which represents a challenge to American influence, according to a number of writers.
A book believes that the alliance between China, Russia and Iran in the face of the United States “is getting stronger and more solid” in light of the “cold war” between the West and China.
And Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently concluded a tour of the Middle East, during which he gave clear indications that his country intends to turn to play a pivotal role in the region’s affairs.
US President Joe Biden also expressed concern about the economic cooperation between China and Iran.
A Chinese shift toward the region
In its editorial, the London-based “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” refers to a shift in Chinas policy from “avoiding a direct collision with American or even European policies in general” through managing its relations with the region at collective levels to “managing relations at bilateral levels with individual countries as well, regardless of their conflicts.” The interface, or the nature of its links to American policies. “
The newspaper also adds to “the Chinese approach to the Palestinian issue … It is clear that China is launching something like a counter-diplomatic attack, which is not only penetrating the ranks of the countries allies of the United States, but also seeks to win over the countries in conflict with Washington on this or that issue, in addition to Forming a kind of bipolarity with Russia in the face of the United States. “
The newspaper concludes by saying that “Chinas endeavor to combine contradictions, such as visiting Riyadh and Tehran, for example, or continuing to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad, or persecuting the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang, will not necessarily result in a tangible or satisfactory outcome.”
And Noha Khalaf believes in “Today’s Opinion” that “the global balance of power indicates that the counter-alliance between China, Russia and Iran, in the face of the specter of the American genie, is the one that is getting stronger and stronger.”
“Iran will play an important role in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, in order to achieve a balance against Turkish influence and vice versa. Russia will lead direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which will enhance the decline and decline of American influence indicators in the region,” Salem Al-Nuaimi said in the Emirates “Al-Ittihad”.
But from Ghassan Charbel’s point of view in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, it is “a matter of haste to talk about a Chinese-Iranian-Russian axis”, especially as it is “natural for the scene of the Chinese-Iranian signature to pose a question about Russia: Where is Moscow’s position in this cooperation?”
As Kamal Khalaf says in the London’s “Today’s Opinion” that “the next dragon to the Middle East will be the focus of politics.”
The writer believes that “Iran is the only Asian power, militarily and geographically, that is suitable for helping China to find balance with the United States in the Middle East, and to play the role of security guarantor for Chinas economic and vital interests … On the other hand, Chinas granting of modern civil and military technology to Tehran may constitute an opportunity to make Iran a power.” Territorial superior that is difficult to swallow or subjugate. “
The writer adds that “Beijing has turned into a more aggressive policy in defying Washington … (after) decades of Chinese hesitation to announce that. Indeed, China previously bowed to the US threat to impose sanctions and withdrew its companies from Iran.”
Kazem Nasser also affirms in the London-based “opinion of the day” that the strategic agreement between China and Iran “will not harm Arab interests … on the contrary, this agreement will enhance Iran’s economic, political and military capabilities … and help it confront the American presence and the Zionist expansion,” And in bringing about positive changes in the region, especially in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries that are allied with America and the occupying power. “
The writer adds that trade exchange with China “will help Iran face the American economic, technical and political blockade imposed on it.”
He says, “This agreement reflects the Chinese ambition to play a greater role in the Middle East, especially the oil-rich Gulf region, and comes as support for its plans to expand globally, with the participation of dependable allies such as Iran that help it implement its strategic plans to reach the largest number of ports to enhance its commercial and military influence.”
George Issa said in the Lebanese “Al-Nahar” that “there is nothing left for the Iranians but China as an economic vital artery” due to the failure of Western investment due to US sanctions.
But Muhammad al-Sa`id in Saudi Arabias Okaz says that this agreement “will transform (revolutionary) Iran into just an advanced Chinese platform in the Middle East,” and that “day and night it will become a tool in the giant Chinese project that charted its course 25 years ago.
The writer wonders: “What will be the fate of the Middle East region with an advanced Chinese claw putting its feet on the shores of the Gulf for the first time?”
A “cold war” between the West and China
Hussein Majdoubi in London’s “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” believes that after the Corona pandemic, “the world has officially entered the Second Cold War, this time between the West and China.”
The writer concludes that there are “multiple factors suggesting the difficulty of the West to dismantle China, as it did with the Soviet Union in the past, but this does not mean that it has not succeeded in obstructing and surrounding Chinese influence by imposing severe global polarization under the banner: with the West or against the West.”
Bashir Abdel Fattah said in the Egyptian “Al-Shorouk” that the world “is on the verge of a new triple-polar cold war tragedy, which will be contested by Washington, Moscow and Beijing. Over the past three decades, the features of the American confrontation towards Russia and China have followed.”
With regard to Russia and China, the writer refers, on the other hand, to “the raging of what looks like the underlying Cold War between them. Besides their deep historical differences, their geopolitical rivalry for influence in Eurasia, and their mutual political rivalries, the trust gap between them gradually widens due to the variation in the pace of growth of the overall strength of both.” .
Khattar Abu Diab says in The London-based Al-Arab: “In the era of the increasing American confrontation with China, Europe finds itself in trouble. Secretly, European leaders do not want to find themselves involved in a cold war.”