Friday, November 18, 2022

China Expands Digital Infrastructure in North Africa and Middle East

 The Diplomat published on 17 November 2022 a commentary titled "China's Tech Outreach in the Middle East and North Africa" by Dale Aluf, Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership.  

The profit motive is not the only driver of China's digital engagement with North Africa and the Middle East.  Geostrategy is also part of the agenda. Through the Digital Silk Road, China seeks to connect its civilian and military assets along the Belt and Road Initiative.  As nations in the region become more reliant on Chinese technology systems, Beijing is increasing its leverage and influence.