Sino-MENA: Maritime Silk Route deepens despite pandemic

Regional Views
SINO-MENA maritime links
  • Sino-MENA relations are extending beyond traditional sectors to step up maritime and shipping links.

  • We highlight new contracts for the Chinese to build LNG carriers for Qatar, the opening up of a direct route to the Middle East from northern China, and the opening of China's largest integrated petrochemical port as a destination for Middle East imports.

  • We expect growth in logistics and transport despite economic drawbacks from COVID-19.

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Senior Analyst

Mingqiao Zhao, Analyst

The Regional Views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

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