Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern language programs in China today are Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The growth of Middle Eastern language and area studies in China has tracked with the changes in the political ties of the People’s Republic to the region.

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How to cite this article:

I-wei Jennifer Chang, Haiyun Ma "China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages," Middle East Report 270 (Spring 2014).