This book provides a detailed analysis of China's foreign policy towards the Gulf and Arabian peninsula region from the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the end of the 20th century. Based on extensive original research, it looks at the relations between China and each of the countries of the region over the entire period. It demonstrates that two key factors have shaped China's foreign policy with the region - China's relations with the United States and the Soviet Union, and China's drive to increase its economic ties with the countries of the region, especially after becoming a net importer of oil in the early 1990s.

part I|20 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

General elements and literature review

part II|72 pages

China's foreign policy in a global context

part III|170 pages

China's foreign policy toward the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula region

part IV|12 pages