China bets on Islamic world

China launched a new round of a geopolitical game of poker with the United States. The Celestial Empire bets on the Islamic world. The goal is to expand its resource base to compete with the U.S. and Europe against the backdrop of a new scientific and technological revolution as well as the world’s large-scale political, economic, and financial reformatting. A hint at Beijing’s Islamic maneuver came with a recent tour of China President Xi Jinping to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran, with the conclusion of the bulk package of agreements with each of the mentioned actors. This tactical move came as part of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Marine Silk Road of XXI Century strategic initiatives.

Europe is also difficult to perceive as a rival of the United States for global influence, as many of the EU member states still fail to reach a joint position even on the issue of protection of European values. Besides, without protection from NATO, where I believe, the U.S. plays the main role, Europe may become an easy prey for the new-age barbarians from ISIL, or for Putin’s Russia.

Against this background, Washington is pursuing its policy of creeping neutralization of Putin’s Russia while, at the same time, the EU is weakening dramatically struck by the acute migration, financial, and economic crises. By the way, the European security sector has deteriorated sharply, as well. The latest events in Paris and Cologne are just a couple of vivid illustrations.

And what does China do in these conditions? It turns to its potential allies who harbor certain skepticism toward the United States – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran.

China has signed 17 new agreements with Iran, putting the ultimate goal of increasing mutual trade turnover from the current $60 bln to the potential $600 bln annually. At the same time, Tehran has gotten rid of a problem, what to do with the extracted oil and gas – Beijing will take it all. Well, it may leave a bit to Europe, if Brussels doesn’t miss its chance.

Beijing has offered Saudi Arabia 14 agreements, including large-scale projects for oil refining, fuel and energy, telecom, and industry. For example, state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and China’s Sinopec have signed a cooperation agreement worth $1 bln.

China offered Egypt nearly two dozen agreements in the fields of industry, aviation, and construction. China also pledged to invest about $15 billion in the country’s economy in the near future.

Beijing’s previous “geopolitical flirting” with several African countries resulted in the “Arab Spring.”

What will be the U.S. response this time?

Full article: China bets on Islamic world (UNIAN)

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