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China's MidEast push has limits

China appears to be pursuing a more proactive role in the Middle East with an emerging trend of diplomacy centered on partnerships.
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Abandoning neutral diplomacy, China seems to be edging toward a more proactive role in the Middle East, stepping up trade links with the region. The shift has prompted the United States and others to boost efforts to counter the influence of Beijing.

Recently, a virtual conference took place between UAE President Mohammed Bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joined online by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and visiting US President Joe Biden from Jerusalem.

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