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XV. China and the greater Middle East: Globalization no longer equals westernization

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China’s economic activities in near neighbors such as Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Iran are also strategically important due to the impact on domestic and international politics of these countries. This chapter interprets the linkages between domestic events and international strategies on the network of global security relations in terms of neo-geopolitics rather than mainstream United States (US) scholarship. It deals with Chinese perception of and strategies toward countries in the Greater Middle East (GME), keeping in mind that the GME does not exist as a regional concept in Chinese policy-making. The creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 1996 was the beginning of Chinese attempts to limit US influence in the heart of Eurasia, followed in particular by initiatives in numerous other countries of the GME since 2004.

Keywords: China; Eurasia; Greater Middle East (GME); international politics; Japan; Pakistan; Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO); United States (US)



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