Prof. Degang Sun is Professor and Deputy Director of the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, China. He was an academic visitor to Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University(2018-2019), the Middle East Centre, Oxford University, and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2012-2013). His research interest is China’s Middle East Policy, international relations in the Middle East. His most recent works are: Diplomacy of Quasi-alliance in the Middle East ( Berlin: Gerlach, 2019); “China’s Response to the Revolts in the Arab World: A Case of Pragmatic Diplomacy,” (Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2014, with Professor Yahia Zoubir); and “China’s Economic Diplomacy towards the Arab Countries: Challenges Ahead?” (Journal of Contemporary China, 2018, with Prof. Yahia Zoubir).