I’ve finally tracked down a copy of Sun Bigan’s article that refers to unavoidable conflict between China and the United States in the Middle East. The article was published in the Chinese-language “Asia and Africa Review”. The quote was first referred to in an editorial by Lebanon’s Daily Star and, later, in article by Robert Fisk for the UK’s The Independent.
But the rest of the article makes for compelling reading. Sun is China’s former Special Envoy to the Middle East. He is also an Arabic speaker and former Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran. Sun retired earlier this year and so enjoys greater freedom to speak his mind. And that makes him worth listening to.