By Suman Sharma
EURASIA REVIEW - June 1, 2015
The Middle East Region has always figured high in China’s Grand
Strategy not only in terms of lucrative markets for China’s economy and
energy security but far more importantly in geopolitical terms.
Hemmed-in by the vast Pacific Ocean under United States military control
and supremacy, in China’s Grand Strategy a “Look West” Strategy as
opposed to the “Look East” Strategy of her peer Asian rival has received
concerted strategic focus. This is the driving factor in Chinese policy
formulations towards the Middle East and Central Asia.
China views the Middle East Region as a strategically lucrative
region where China can exploit the disequilibrium generated by the
United States strategic acts of commission and omission in the last
decade or so. The Region was therefore ripe for China’s strategic
undercutting of the United States.
Undoubtedly, the United States has been the predominant strategic and
military power in the Middle East historically during the Cold War era
and would continue to do so throughout this century notwithstanding the
turbulence generated by the Middle East Region lying at the “crossroads
of radicalism and technology”