While the strategic logic of China's desire to broaden its reach in the Middle East and North Africa is obvious, the key question is whether or not Beijing is capable of successfully navigating the region's volatile, often violent politics. Lina Benabdallah, a China-Africa scholar at the University of Florida's Center for African Studies, joins Eric & Cobus this week -- in the podcast above -- to discuss Xi's recent Mideast trip and what it says about the current direction of Chinese foreign policy.
President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billions of dollars' worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years.
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