China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in the Middle East

Austin Bodetti, The Diplomat |

Photo by L N From Unsplash
Photo by L N From Unsplash

As one of the biggest consumers of oil in the world, China has had little trouble finding eager trading partners in the Persian Gulf. The ongoing pandemic, however, has created opportunities for new types of cooperation between Asia’s most powerful country and the wealthy monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula. While China, the United States, and other world powers race to produce the leading vaccine, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have already selected a Chinese candidate as one of their primary weapons in the fight against the coronavirus.


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