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Michael Doran on the Hamas–Israeli Conflict and Communist China’s Ambitions in the Middle East

“When I started to think about what the Middle East looked like from Beijing, the place suddenly looked very different.” The Chinese Communist Party is seeking to, step by step, dominate the Middle East, says Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Doran—from building ports in strategic locations to expanding its naval presence in the region. “They’re positioning themselves to be able to threaten the two major chokepoints for energy in the region,” Doran says. And they’re building a strategic alliance with Iran. And while the world’s eyes are fixed on the Hamas–Israeli conflict, Iran is “piggybacking” on the conflict to weaken Israel, says Doran.   Below is a rush transcript of this American Thought Leaders episode from May 25, 2021. This transcript may not be in its final form and may be updated. Jan Jekielek: Mike Doran, such a pleasure to have you on American Thought Leaders. Michael Doran: Great to be …

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