This afternoon, CPG’s Peace & Security Center (CPSC), in cooperation with the Governance Foundation (AGF) hosted the webinar “China’s Growing Engagement in the Middle East: Implications for Regional and International Dynamics.” Coinciding with the China-Arab Summit, the event explored China’s engagement in the Middle East.

With 40 participants in attendance, the webinar offered profound insights into Beijing’s strategic and geopolitical interests in the region and their broader implications.

We extend our sincere gratitude to our esteemed panelists for their fascinating and insightful discussion: Prof. em. Dr. Amin Saikal, Founding Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the Australian National University; Dr. Jingdong Yuan, Senior Researcher and Director of the China and Asia Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; and Dr. Mohammed Alsudairi, Lecturer at CAIS.

We also extend our appreciation to the participants who actively engaged and posed valuable questions during the open forum session, representing a diverse geographic range from Paris to Tel Aviv to Sydney.

Special thanks are owed to CPG Fellows and AGF Board Members in attendance, including H.E. Son Soubert, High Privy Councillor to His Majesty the King of Cambodia; Pol. Lt-Gen. Suthin Khiewratana, former Commander of the Thai Border Patrol Police; former Ambassador Dr. Warawit Kanithasen; and Prof. Hall Gardner from the Department of History and Politics at the American University of Paris, as well as AiR and EiR contributors.

The event is part of the CPG event series on peace and security in Asia.