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Gulf Arab states already enjoy robust and well-established trade relations with East Asia, especially in the energy sector. These ties are emerging as the basis for expanded cooperation in other areas, including military and intelligence collaboration, arms sales and technology transfers, in particular with China. For many East Asian countries, dependence on oil and gas imports is a strategic and security concern. Expanding and consolidating economic, diplomatic, and military ties to East Asia is, similarly, a key element of foreign policy strategy for several of the GCC countries.

AGSIW is pleased to host this panel discussion on the GCC countries and East Asia, examining existing ties and beyond.

Gulf Rising

AGSIW’s Gulf Rising series analyzes the energized role of the Gulf Arab states in the international system, looking beyond GCC relations with the United States to examine ties with other key countries and regions. Additionally, it investigates motivations behind Gulf Arab states’ foreign policy choices and evaluates the implications for U.S. foreign policy toward the GCC states and the region.


Chas W. Freeman, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Haihong Gao, Director, Research Centre for International Finance, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Mohammed Al-Sudairi, Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Bingbing Wu, Director, Institute of Arab-Islamic Culture, Peking University

Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Moderator)

  • When: Wed Feb. 28
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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