Wednesday, September 30, 2015

China and the Middle East Working Group II October 4 & 5, 2015 – Doha, Qatar (Georgetown University)

China and the Middle East Working
Group II October 4 & 5, 2015
Doha, Qatar
Georgetown University

Sunday October 4, 2015

Welcome and Introductions

Mehran Kamrava and James Reardon-Anderson

China’s Search for Security in the Greater Middle East by Andrew Scobell

China’s Soft Military Footprints in the Middle East by Degang Sun (presented by James Reardon-Anderson)

The China Model and the Middle East by Mehran Kamrava

China and the Iran Nuclear Negotiations: China’s Effort at Mediation of the Iran-United States Conflict by John W. Garver

Monday October 5, 2015

The Importance of Being Ernst: Ernst David Bergmann and Israel’s Role in Taiwan’s Defense by Yitzhak Shichor

Political Conflict to Economic Cooperation: Sino-Turkish Relations in the Context of the New Era by Tugrul Keskin and Michael Mc Call

Islam in Sino-Saudi Relations by Mohammed Al-Sudairi

12:15-1:00 pm

Wrap-Up Discussion

Mehran Kamrava and James Reardon-Anderson

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chinese investor group buys 65 pct stake of Turkish port terminal   2015-09-17

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A joint venture set up by a Chinese investor consortium has bought a 65 percent share of Turkey's third largest container terminal for 940 million U.S. dollars, the company reported Thursday.
The acquisition was made Wednesday by a firm jointly established by the subsidiaries of COSCO Pacific, China Merchants Holdings (International) and an affiliate with the China Investment Corporation, according to a report filed by China COSCO Holdings to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
COSCO Pacific is a subsidiary of China COSCO Holdings, the country's largest shipper.
The investors purchased Kumport Terminal, located on the northwest coast of the Marmara Sea on the European side of Istanbul. It's able to handle 1.84 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo and has room for expansion to up to 3.5 million TEU capacity.
Located at a gateway to the Black Sea and a strategic interchange between Europe and Asia, the terminal maintained a compound annual growth rate of around 30 percent in container volume over the past five years, according to the report.
It said the deal is a valuable investment opportunity for COSCO Pacific to enhance its terminal profitability, as the terminal has a good growth prospect while Turkey is a strategic location along the Belt and Road, an infrastructure and trade network proposed by China.