Middle Eastern states have lessons to learn from Asean in building friendship with China, say experts at Singapore conference

Rivalry among countries in the Middle East is an obstacle to the region building closer ties with China, and they should take a leaf out of Asean’s playbook, experts said at a conference on Monday.
Nasser Saidi, who heads consultancy firm Nasser Saidi & Associates, said if Middle Eastern states could behave like the 10-member regional trading bloc, it could pave the way for a regional free-trade agreement with China to further improve trading volumes and future infrastructure…