Is China a Friend of Israel?

Relations are robust now, but China’s imperial challenge to the liberal world order carries a warning for the Jewish state.

The Israel Navy congratulates the Chinese Navy on docking in Haifa. Flickr/IDF.

The Israel Navy congratulates the Chinese Navy on docking in Haifa. Flickr/IDF.

Observation
Nov. 16 2015
About the author

Dan Blumenthal is the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations.


The world order created by the United States is under great strain. Russia continues to change the territorial status quo in Europe and now in the Middle East; Iran competes with Islamic State for hegemony in the Persian Gulf; China is busy asserting its sway in East Asia. All of this threatens the sine qua non of American grand strategy: maintaining a favorable balance of power on either side of Eurasia as well as in the Persian Gulf. The consequences for small democratic nations like Israel are profound.

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