Sino-MENA: Solidarity amidst strain

Regional Views

Demand and supply shocks, along with the decline in oil prices, are likely to impact investor confidence in the region this year. But Sino-MENA relations are both resilient and strengthening despite the uncertain times. We explore the why's and where's, including:

  • New investments in healthcare and vaccine testing in UAE;
  • China's efforts to forge balanced ties among regional rivals while strengthening Sino-Iranian relations.


Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Ghalia Al Bajali, Mingqiao Zhao, Leila Lajevardi, Analysts

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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