April A. Herlevi is a doctoral candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia, currently residing in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include international political economy, foreign direct investment, China-Middle East relations, and Chinese economic and foreign policy. Prior to entering the Ph. D. program at UVA she was an East Asia analyst with the U.S. government based in Washington, DC.
Among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is emerging as an important player through its relationship with China. Despite Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s perceived dominance given