There is often the tendency to imagine the United States and China involved in a strategic back-and-forth, launching new initiatives and implementing new approaches to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). However, the substance of the two countries’ behavior in the region and toward each other is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
The visit to Saudi Arabia made by the Chinese President Xi Jinping caught the attention of the media around the world. Against this background, the data collected by the researchers of the ChinaMed Project were cited by Isabella Borshoff in her article "China Moves into the Gulf" in The Wire China.
This article hypothesizes that differences in the strategies adopted by governments in democratic and non-democratic countries to boost performance-based legitimacy claims make the latter more willing to allow Chinese companies to bring Chinese workers.
Leonardo Bruni (ChinaMed Project, T.wai & Peking University) in the article "The SCO Reaches the Mediterranean" in his monthly column on Sino-Mediterranean relations for The China Global South Project.