Mideast Emirates Gulf The China Connection

February 7, 2012 - 9:15 AM
In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, shoppers visit a store at the Dragon Mart in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Even as China rejects Western sanctions on its business partner Iran, it is forging deeper ties to Saudi Arabia and other U.S.-allied Arab nations across the Gulf. The growing links extend beyond a string of multibillion-dollar oil ventures. Chinese firms are helping build the Gulf's railways, Arab investors are pumping cash into Chinese banks and Dubai airport is racing to keep its duty-free shelves stocked with Chunghwa cigarettes coveted by businessmen from Beijing. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)