The Global Security Initiative: China’s New Security Architecture for the Gulf by Mordechai Chaziza

12 May 2023

On May 05, 2023, The Diplomat published the article “The Global Security Initiative: China’s New Security Architecture for the Gulf” written by Mordechai Chaziza.

In April 2022 President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Security Initiative (GSI), an international security framework led by China. Mordechai Chaziza argues that the Chinese pursuit to integrate the Arab Gulf states into the GSI is an attempt to challenge the Western-led global governance system. Furthermore, the article describes the strengthening of relations between the Gulf states and China through diplomatic engagement, energy cooperation, trade, and investment.

“The GSI quickly entered various foreign policy and diplomatic activities across Africa and the Middle East. Against the backdrop of China’s existing strategic partnerships with the Gulf states, which adhere to the non-interference principle, many Gulf governments will likely see the GSI as well aligned with their regional and international security views. Given China’s significant trade and investment profile, the GSI will likely garner support in parts of the Gulf region.  Moreover, like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the GSI could be seen by some Gulf countries as an opportunity by China to have greater sway in global economics and politics.”

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