The Middle East and the growing East-West divide

Arab News | Nov 21, 2020 at 8:26 PM
  • The dispute began as a war of words and became a messy skirmish of retaliatory tariffs — souring already tense relations between Beijing and Washington.
  • Besides, having spent $65-70 billion annually to foster the region’s security and stability — albeit mostly to the benefit of China — a complete US withdrawal would be financially unwise and geostrategically imprudent, given Beijing’s lack of interest in actively fostering security cooperation with the Middle East.
  • Despite achieving relative energy self-sufficiency, the US still needs to maintain a security presence in the Middle East beyond counterterrorism operations and as a check on Iran’s regional destabilization activities — it also prevents China and Russia from coordinating hegemonic designs in the shadow of a complete US exit.