The Diplomat – Trump’s Pivot to the Middle East and China’s OBOR

China’s One Belt One Road contains many projects in a region that has historically been intertwined with the United States.

May 25, 2017

‘As U.S. President Donald Trump concluded his visit to the Middle East, speculation has been growing that his calls for a united front with the leadership of Arab states in combating extremism in the region is an indirect reference to Iran’s sponsoring of militancy in the region.

Trump’s speech in Riyadh specifically mentioned Hezbollah, Hamas, and ISIS, of which the former can be construed as a reference to Iran promoting instability in the region. This policy of promoting unity between the members of the GCC coalition, the United States, and countries with predominantly Sunni populations does send ominous signs that cannot be limited to Iran and curbing its influence alone.’

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