Situating Saudi Arabia In China's Belt And Road Initiative
Source of Publication
Asian Politics & Policy
Saudi Arabia's geostrategic location and role as a Middle East regional power, combined with its ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 development plan, make it an important Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner for China, which has become Saudi Arabia's largest trading partner. Despite mutual interests, the role of the United States as the dominant power in the Persian Gulf region means that the Sino-Saudi Arabia relationship must be managed in such a way that it does not directly challenge Washington. This article argues that China has followed a strategic hedging approach in developing its relations with Saudi Arabia, focusing on the economic and developmental goals of the BRI and Saudi Vision 2030 to avoid antagonizing the United States (US) while taking advantage of US regional security commitments.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese Foreign Policy, economic diplomacy, Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy
Fulton, Jonathan, "Situating Saudi Arabia In China's Belt And Road Initiative" (2020). All Works. 5063.
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