China in the Middle East Objectives and opportunities


  • Muhammad Asif
  • Dr. Mumtaz Ali Baloch


China, Middle East, CPEC, OIL, Geo-strategic.


The study examines the Chinese role in the region of Middle East.
China’s interests in the region are growing due to its increasing energy
needs and geo-political objectives. The growing Chinese role in the region
has sundry implications for the Middle East. It is evident from the history
of its relations with the regional states that China have long been involve
in the regional diplomatic affairs of the Middle East. China kept its
interests and objectives in the Middle East in secret for a long time.
However, it’s increasing energy and geo-political objectives, China is now
directly involved in the regional diplomatic affairs. China considers the
Middle East vital for its growing energy needs. Presently. China’s oil
production is being consumed and in near future China will not have
adequate oil production to meet its energy needs. China regards the
region vital for its economic prosperity as the Middle East has the world’s
largest reservoirs of natural resources. The economic and geo-political
potential of the Middle East gets attention of the world powers and China
is among the most active player in the regional affairs. The Chinese huge
investment in shape of One Belt and One Road Initiative and China
Pakistan Economic Corridor reflects China’s policy towards the region.
China’s wants safe trade routes towards the Middle East in order to
ensure smooth running of its trade activities. These routes will enable
China imports the regional oil and exports its products. These route would
be a safer alternative as China feel the US and its ally’s threats in South
China Sea and the Strait of Malacca. Secondary source of data collection
has been adopted for this study.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Asif

Scholar of UOB 

Dr. Mumtaz Ali Baloch

Assistant Professor 


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