China Is Winning the Middle East’s Data, Cyber, and Technology Race

Washington must integrate data, cyber, and technology into the heart of its foreign policy in the Middle East. Currently, the United States is deprioritizing the Middle East as its main theater of interest and refocusing its strategic footprint worldwide on its main ascending rival, China. One of the leading Chinese instruments of geostrategic influence is Beijing’s use of technology and innovation policy, such as Huawei’s hardware and technology education in Chinese universities. Chinese geo-tech influence is virtually unprecedented and aims to position China as a significant player in global geopolitics without the use of traditional military expansionism. Rather, Beijing is