Sino-MENA: Maritime Silk Route deepens despite pandemic
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
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