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Can China keep up 'best friend forever' diplomacy in the Middle East?

Beijing has benefited greatly from its economic clout and lack of colonial baggage

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LONDON • China is not exactly coy in defending what it perceives to be its core economic or security objectives; "our determination and resolve are as firm as iron when it comes to defending our national interests," was how President Xi Jinping recently put it.

And by almost every definition, safeguarding oil and gas supplies is a key security concern of any nation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2020, with the headline Can China keep up 'best friend forever' diplomacy in the Middle East?. Subscribe