CHINA, THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Will China’s Belt and Road Projects Ease Disputes in the Middle East?
VOICE OF AMERICA-
June 15, 2017
China may find it difficult to increase its influence in the Middle East because of the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors. China’s Belt and Road trade Initiative, a development plan valued at more than $1 trillion, could affect the Middle East in many ways. It may permit China to influence the region economically. However, experts say there are doubts that many of the projects may be completed. That means China has less influence in the Middle East than many experts would expect, although it has the world’s second largest economy. In addition, the Middle East suffers from conflicts within and between its countries. It also is an area of competition between major world powers.
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