As Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up his Middle East tour, we discuss the significance of the region to China’s foreign policy. Why has it become such a big priority? What role will it play in the Belt and Road Initiative? Can China play peacemaker to the Sunni and Shia? He Wenping from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran , and al-Faisal University’s Khaled Batarfi help us understand China’s priorities in the Middle East.
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