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Analysis: The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in the Middle East is being driven by diplomatic considerations, with China, Russia and the United States all competing for influence.

Iran and Afghanistan have opened a historic rail link in the hopes of increasing trade between the two countries.

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Austin Bodetti

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Chinese oil purchases offered Beijing a sphere of influence in the Middle East, but Covid-19 has upended this once-promising strategy.

Lebanon looks to China to help in economic crisis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon looks to China to help in economic crisis

Lebanon's deepening economic crisis has the country seeking help in the Far East.

China and Iran's strategic partnership: A zero sum game?

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

China and Iran's strategic partnership: A zero sum game?

Analysis: China and Iran's bilateral relationship is gaining strategic significance.

Paul Iddon

Russia, China seek foothold in Middle East arms market

The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

Sabena Siddiqui

US puts the brakes on burgeoning Israel-China ties

Israel's blossoming ties with China are being scrutinised by the US as tensions grow between Washington and Beijing.

Austin Bodetti

China in the Middle East: Tourism and soft power

The spread of the coronavirus has undermined a years-long Chinese effort to reshape the new world order with soft power.

Sabena Siddiqui

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

China's Belt and Road initiative affected by coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of projects under China's BRI in a number of host countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan ...

Will China play a greater role in Afghanistan?

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Will China play a greater role in Afghanistan?

China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions under its ...

Hundreds of Pakistani girls 'sold as brides to China'

The New Arab & agencies

Hundreds of Pakistani girls 'sold as brides to China'

An AP investigation earlier this year revealed how Pakistan's Christian minority has become a new target of brokers who pay impoverished parents ...

China's Uighurs: A genocide in the making

Hind Berji

China's Uighurs: A genocide in the making

China is sparing no effort in its attempt to erase any proof of its Uighur Muslim population.

China anti-graft body probes high level Xinjiang official

The New Arab & agencies

China anti-graft body probes high level Xinjiang official

China's anti-corruption watchdog said on Tuesday it is investigating a high-level official in the northwest Xinjiang region.

Austin Bodetti

As America's power fades, Arab countries join China's sphere

Analysis: Close US allies UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt are at the top of the list of Arab states that are taking advantage of Chinese interest in the region.

The New Arab

Huge blaze threatens Iran's historic Tabriz bazaar

A fire at the 1000-year-old Bazaar of Tabriz was successfully put out by firefighters, having injured 16 people and damaged 150 shops.

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

Energy investment fuels Saudi international relations

Analysis: As sanctions bite in Tehran, Iran's biggest customers will be looking towards Riyadh for supplies, writes Omid Shokri Kalehsar

Ruth Ingram

Dystopian tourism in Kashgar

Feature: China's Xinjiang Province, while ruthlessly clamping down on its local Uighur Muslim population, is simultaneously rolling out its ...

Explainer: China's persecution of Uighur Muslims

Florence Dixon

Explainer: China's persecution of Uighur Muslims

The New Arab explains the long history behind the recent revelations of China's persecution of the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang province.

Ömer Özkizilcik

Sharing the costs of rebuilding Syria

Comment: The cost of reconstruction of Syria could be split between the regime axis, the US and its allies, and Turkey and its allies, suggests ...

China-US trade war impact on the Middle East

Stasa Salacanin

China-US trade war impact on the Middle East

High tensions and ongoing trade war between US and China has shaken the global economy. The Middle East could become one of the main ...

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Elisabeth Siegel

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Comment: The UAE and China have found love in the middle of a trade war, writes Elisabeth Siegel.

Instability in Iran and Iraq threatens Kuwait's deep interests

Giorgio Cafiero

Instability in Iran and Iraq threatens Kuwait's deep interests

Comment: If Kuwait is to preserve its long-term interests in the region, it must continue to capitalise on its ability to serve as a relatively ...

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