CHINESE CHECKERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: PLAY OR PERISH

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As the United States vacates some of the foreign outposts, China is moving in to fill up the vacuum at a fast pace. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s latest visit to the Middle East is an indication in that direction. He has vowed to work with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, UAE, Bahrain and Oman to help protect their core interests against foreign interference. China’s rhetoric has been harsh in recent times and it appears ready to back up the rhetoric with tough actions.

China’s involvement in the region is neither recent nor has been peaceful as it prefers to portray itself. In the 1950s and 60s, China associated closely with nationalist governments and movements in various countries including Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Eritrea, and the Gulf. It provided them financial and military assistance, sold arms and ammunition (sometimes to both the warring parties). It changed the tack in the 70s but the new avatar was unveiled only in the 90s.

On the other hand U.S. President Joe Biden barely two months into presidency seems tired of dealing with the Middle East. He announced an end to U.S. support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen with in the first two weeks in the office. Latest developments as per Wall Street Journal are that U.S. has begun to reconfigure its military capabilities in the Gulf and removed at least three Patriot missile defence systems, divereted aircraft carrier and surveillance systems from the region.

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  1. If my estimation is correct, then just a millenium later, these facts shall be found in The Library of Congress, on the pages of “World History” books under the heading “List of Reasons” in the chapter “World War III”. Your analytical posts would be a part of history !

    1. The is very kind of you, sir. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  2. The end is near. But it most likely will be the rest of the world against Israel, after a very brief period of unparalleled peace in the region. Looking forward to how it will all play out, because I know Who will win. 😉

  3. Chinese have been following a single rule in diplomacy that there are no frnds or enemies in international politics only allies and opposition. They have tried to increase their trade whether in arms or otherwise in all zones without getting involved in morality. They see their interest only host country be damned
    The problem in the current scenario is as usual we are sleeping
    Keep up the good work , maybe somebody will read and wake up

    1. Thank you so much Sukhi for stopping by and enlightening us with your immense experience and wisdom. Do share these thoughts on chanakyaforum.com for the benefit of a larger group of readers.

    2. In China the government basically controls the corporations, whereas Western virtual-corpocratic governances, notably the U.S. and Canada, are basically steered by corporations’ economic intimidation or extortion. Indeed, corporate representatives actually write bills for our governing representatives to vote for and have implemented, typically word for word, supposedly to save the elected officials their time.

      China is taking advantage of this serious flaw in the virtual corpocratic rule (corpocracy?) here in the West — profit before individual and even national interests. Generally, both American and Canadian governances commonly maintain thinly veiled yet firm ties to large corporations; it’s as though elected heads are meant to represent big money interests over those of the working citizenry and poor. (I believe it is basically why those powerful $$$ interests generally resist proportional representation electoral systems of governance, the latter which tends to dilute the corporate lobbyist influence on the former.) Accordingly, major political decisions will normally foremost reflect what is in big business’s best interests. And don’t expect to hear this fact readily reported by the mainstream news-media, which is concentratedly corporate owned.

      Those doubting the powerful persuasion of huge business interests need to consider how high-level elected governing officials can become crippled by implicit or explicit corporate threats to transfer or eliminate jobs and capital investment, thus economic stability — a crippling that is made even worse by a blaring news-media that’s permitted to be naturally critical of incumbent governments.

  4. Was not the primary reason the Iranian Revolution and Western-nation expulsion occurred that foreign oil companies, notably those of the U.S. (though perhaps even of Canada and/or of major European nations), were exploiting Iranian resources?

    Though I didn’t hear it through Western mainstream news-media, I understand that their expulsion was a big-profit-losing lesson learned by the foreign-nation oil corporation CEOs, which they (by way of accessing always-willing domestic political thus military muscle) would not allow to happen to them again …

    If the above is true, I feel that if the relevant oil company CEOs were/are against Iran, then very likely so are their related Western governments and, usually by extension (via mainstream news-media support), so are the citizens.

    1. What was justified few decades ago cannot be justified today. What is happening today will also not be justified tomorrow.

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