Dandan Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University. She was a Lecturer at Shihezi University of Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China from 2008 to 2018. Currently, she is interested in China’s Middle East Diplomacy. Her latest article (with Degang Sun) “China’s Consular Protection in the Middle East: Ideation, Practice and Mechanism” was published in the Journal of West Asia and Africa. She is a visiting research scholar at CCAS for the 2019-2020 academic year.