Gulf Rising: GCC-East Asia Relations
February 28, 2018
Gulf Arab states already enjoy robust and well-established trade relations with East Asia, especially in the energy sector. These ties are emerging as the basis for expanded cooperation in other areas, including military and intelligence collaboration, arms sales, and technology transfers, in particular with China. For many East Asian countries, dependence on oil and gas imports is a strategic and security concern. Expanding and consolidating economic, diplomatic, and military ties to East Asia is, similarly, a key element of foreign policy strategy for several of the GCC countries.
On February 28, AGSIW hosted a closed workshop on economic and political relations between the GCC countries and East Asia followed by a public panel discussion.