MEI: Russia and China will split the Middle East

Beijing and Moscow may clash over the Middle East. This is the assumption made in a new analytical article on the website of the Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington.

It is important to emphasize that although Russia has "adapted" to the US presence in the region, but policy China's relationship to the Middle East is new to Russians who are used to dealing with Chinese in another region of the world

- noted in the article.

It is argued that the PRC, an emerging superpower, is likely to strengthen its influence here, especially if the US takes a less visible position, shifting its activity towards the Pacific Ocean.

Although China and Russia have significantly strengthened their relationship, the two countries still face obstacles to close cooperation. For example, the article states that "Russian commentators are increasingly expressing concern about China's ambitions in Central Asia," which has historically been under Russian influence. There is also alleged mistrust about China's investment in the energy-rich but sparsely populated Russian Far East.

Historically, the Middle East has been of little or medium importance to China's foreign policy. However, the rapid ascent of the PRC to the world arena as a world power has made adjustments to this position.

The analyst lists three areas in which confrontation between the two countries - Russia and China - could unfold. These are naval rivalries, arms exports and nuclear sales. of technologies.

Regarding the latter, it is specified that the nuclear technologies offered by the Russian Federation are very attractive for a number of Middle Eastern states. Unlike the West, Moscow does not impose additional conditions on the sale of such sensitive knowledge.

The potential for deals here is very large and it covers almost all countries in the region, except for the UAE, which has long been cooperating with the South Koreans.

Also, neighboring Saudi Arabia is already operating a number of facilities created by the Chinese. In particular, we are talking about a plant for the production of uranium concentrate - yellow cake.

No less tough confrontation is being played out over the issue of arms supplies, where not only possible profit is at stake, but also political influence.

Due to the combination of circumstances, general tension and competition can push Russia and China to a more open conflict, the article says.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of Russia
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  1. Alsur Offline Alsur
    Alsur (Alexey) 25 February 2021 08: 22
    How floridly the author wrote about the additional conditions put forward by the West and the Russian Federation during the construction of a nuclear power plant. Apparently the substitution of concepts was in the original text, but the author did not notice it. As far as I understand, if it is possible to use a peaceful atom for military purposes, the conditions in the Russian Federation do not allow this. After use, radioactive materials are removed to the territory of the Russian Federation for processing. Therefore, you cannot make an atomic bomb. And what is indicated in the article, these are various additional conditions, upon fulfillment of which, the West will begin the construction of a nuclear power plant. For example, to completely break off economic relations with the Russian Federation and China. Indeed, the Russian Federation does not set such conditions as its partner.
  2. andrew42 Offline andrew42
    andrew42 (Andrei) 25 February 2021 12: 28
    Brad agitprop USA. If the interests of Russia and China clash anywhere, it will be in Central Asia. And far from tomorrow, since Russia has enough worries even on a closer perimeter (the same Ukraine, Transcaucasia), and one can only hope for the stubborn intractability of the Central Asian khans in relation to anyone else. Rather, China will face American vassals in Southeast Asia. As for the creeping expansion in the Far East and Central Asia, China is quite happy with it, it does not intend to force events, and Russia has no special counter-moves due to economic weakness.
  3. Ronin Offline Ronin
    Ronin (Ronin) 26 February 2021 05: 35
    Perhaps someday there will be disagreements between the Russian Federation and China, but only after the destruction of the United States, or their current status. Today, China has reached the point where it offers to sell its missile frigates to the Russian Federation ... China's rival today is not the Russian Federation, but the United States, but the main irritant of Chinese Chechnya - Taiwan, which the Russian Federation does not recognize as an independent state, and the USSR managed to spoil Taiwan .. .so that relations with the Chinese separatists in the Russian Federation are still strained