Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Chinese Soft Power and Green Energy Investment in the Greater Middle East

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Sociology of Islam

Green energy investment is one avenue through with the Chinese government is beginning to create a new relationship with the Middle East. Chinese solar panel firms have research and production advantages in the world market, but face rising labor costs at home. The Communist Party under Xi Jinping has pursued two major policies, “Go out!” and “One Road, One Belt.” The first refers to Chinese firms creating factories abroad to benefit from cheap labor and from local low-tariff trade blocs. China will therefore set up solar panel factories in the United Arab Emirates and in Morocco. Both countries have strong national commitments to renewable energy, but also have access to a wide range of export markets. This sort of investment changes China’s relationship to the region from being one of buying hydrocarbons to a much more intensive set of interactions, including acting as employer for local labor.

Affiliations: 1: Professor of History, 1029 Tisch Hall, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109–1003


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Agence France Presse (September 17, 2013). “"Morocco hikes fuel prices in bid to fix state finances".”
2. Amegroud Tayeb (2015). “"Morocco’s Power Sector Transition: Achievements and Potential",” Working Paper, Istituto Afari Internazzionale
3. Arabic People (30 2015). “Taqrir akhbari: sharikat siniyyah tabhath `an mawti’ qadam fi suq al-taqat al-mutajaddadah bi al-Maghrib.”
4. Barma Aboubacar Yacouba (9 2014). “"Plan solaire marocain: Coup de pouce chinois",” Les inspirations éco
5. Ben Hayoun Moncef (25 2015). “"Plan solaire Noor: Les cinq premiers sites finalement retenus par Masen",” Le Matin
6. Bonati Charles and Ali Bennis (February 11, 2015). “"Ouverture internationale : le pari de l’économie marocaine",” Opinion Internationale, at
7. Center for Global Development (2013). “Pakistan: us Development Strategy: Aid to Pakistan by the Numbers.”
8. Business Wire (November 3, 2014). “"Dubai Silicon Oasis to Host Chang Zhou Almaden’s aed 110 Million Manufacturing Facility",” ; for context see.
9. Fotuhi Vahid (December 31, 2014). “"Solar power to shine through in the Middle East in 2015",” The National (uae),
10. Fulbright Norton Rose (2012). “Renewable energy in Morocco,”
11. Globaldata/ acwa (Jan 12, 2015). “"Sener and acwa Power secures two major solar thermal power projects in Morrocco",” via Lexis Nexis.
12. Green Stories, November 4, 2014. “Changzhou Almaden to open solar panels factory in Dubai.”
13. Haugwitz Frank (21 2015) “"China’s future solar ambitions – at home and abroad",” pvtech
14. Hopson Christopher (Jan. 2, 2015), “"Commercial operations underway at Morocco’s 301mw Tarfaya",” Recharge
15. Howe Marc Howe (March 18th, 2015). “"China Three Gorges Builds Its First Wind Farm in Pakistan"” Clean Technica.
16. Hunt Tam (November 24, 2014) “"Swanson’s Law and Making us Solar Scale Like Germany: Can the u.s. halve the price of solar?"” Greentech Media,
17. Husain Khurram (Apr 30, 2015). “"Taking a closer look: Chinese solar investments".” Dawn.
18. Jia Sophie. “"Opinion: Transitions Hurt, Let Renewable Energy be China’s Cure",” Breaking Energy, May 8, 2015
19. Karam Souhail (May 22, 2012). “"Morocco to start work on 500 mw solar plant in 2012",” Reuters
20. Krane Jim (2010). City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism. New York: Macmillan / Picador.
21. Pakistan Express (20 2015). “"Iqtisadi rabdari aur tavana’i smait 51 Pak Chin mu`ahidon par dastkhatt".”
22. Rabbaa Nadia (3 2015). “"China now sees Morocco as a base for manufacturing",”
23. Radford Tim (March 9, 2015). “"Consumers are undercharged for fossil fuels – study",” Responding to Climate Change
24. Rashid Ahmed (2013). Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and AfghanistanNew York: Penguin.
25. (2014). “"What does Tangiers do?"” at
26. Small Andrew (2015). The China-Pakistan Axis.Oxford: Oxford University Press.
27. Whitley Shelagh, and Granoff Dean (2014). “"The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy and the Moroccan Solar Plan"” Green Growth Best Practice
28. Xinhua News Agency (Jun 21, 2015) “Morocco keeps close trade ties with eu amid partner diversification.”
29. Yabiladi (4 2014). “La société chinoise Ming Yang va produire ses équipements solaires au Maroc,”

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Sociology of Islam — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation