Year of Graduation
China-West Strategic Rivalry in the Context of the Arab Spring
Socio-political Development and Challenges of Modern East Asia
Present Master thesis major focus is the analysis of the intersection of China and West strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, that served as one of the reasons of the Arab Spring events (winter 2010-2011). Within the frameworks of the thesis the Arab Spring events are analyzed not from political, but from economic perspective. In the modern world providing access to fuel energy sources and sales markets are one of the key tasks for the state government. At the same time, MENA region is not only the cradle of world fuel resources deposits, but also a transport connecting point between Western, Eastern and African markets. As a result, strong strategic positions of the state in this part of the world provide fulfillment of strategic interests of the state. Being highly dependent on fuel resources imports, China tries to diversify its suppliers in order to fulfill the needs of the growing economy. Instability in MENA region is a significant threat to China's interests. At the same time, weakening China's economic positions is in the interests of the West, trying to preserve its strategic influence in this part of the globe.