Qatar's former Prime Minister, Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, yesterday warned of the repercussions of the intense competition between the United States and China on the Gulf region's and called on the Arab Gulf states to ensure their interests are protected.
"The United States will mobilize more of its naval forces in the Pacific region at the expense of its naval presence in our region, which is what Washington has already started," Al Thani wrote on Twitter.
"Global attention will focus in the coming years on the competition between the United States and China in the economic and political fields, and what this entails in terms of the military force required to protect these privileges," he added.
Bin Jassim explained that "the direct result of this American repositioning is that our region will be more exposed and vulnerable to concerns of danger, unless our countries accelerate to achieve clear understandings, take practical measures, and act according to the dictates of our common interests and not the interests of others."
The new US administration, he said, will focus its efforts on slowing down the Chinese economic and technological growth, noting that Washington realises that the Chinese economy will be the largest in the world by 2028.