U.S.-China Relations: Cooperation and Contending over the Middle East

Summary of presentation delivered in Beijing, China in June 2011

China, the United States, and the Middle East form a triangle. All three value regional stability and energy security, and each needs strong relations with the other two. Chinese engagement in the Middle East makes some in the United States worry that China could become its rival in the Middle East. Closer Sino-American cooperation can turn the triangle into a source of security rather than tension.

Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program