Why Arab Gulf states should build strong ties with South Asia

Despite a long period of diplomatic estrangement during the Cold War, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states' relations with China have in recent years become the focal point of their Asia policy.

Although the focus on China reflects the Asian power's rising status and position as the GCC's single-largest trading partner, it overlooks certain long-term trends that position South Asian countries as more durable strategic partners for the GCC.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Why Arab Gulf states should build strong ties with South Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe