This essay offers an overview of the Chinese posture and debate toward the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region. The author presents China’s outlook toward the region as a laboratory for an innovative course in Beijing’s future foreign policy. The analysis is divided into three parts: a critical introduction that assesses the role of WANA within the spectrum of Chinese hierarchical vision of the international system, a detailed assessment of the factors that are transforming WANA into one of the most crucial sectors of Beijing’s foreign policy, and a detailed overview of the internal debate on China’s evolving role in the region.
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Enrico Fardella; China’s Debate on the Middle East and North Africa: A Critical Review. Mediterranean Quarterly 1 March 2015; 26 (1): 5–25. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-2872944
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