There’s no doubting that China’s exports to the Middle East have rocketed in the past decade, making it the Middle East’s number one supplier.
But in a region that desperately needs jobs, Chinese exporters have left little untouched, as two recent articles underscore.
The first article describes what is apparently the last Keffiyeh factory in Palestine. Hirbawi textiles is a family-run factory set up in the 1960s. It produces the headscarves famously worn by Yassir Arafat.