China and Saudi Arabia Are Making a Big Show of Upgrading Relations

China and Saudi Arabia Are Making a Big Show of Upgrading Relations
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman sign an agreement in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 8, 2022 (Saudi Press Agency photo via AP).

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Saudi Arabia last week for a four-day trip that included three summits in Riyadh with a range of Arab leaders. A bilateral strategic agreement signed by Riyadh and Beijing during Xi’s visit signals Saudi Arabia’s determination to diversify its partnerships and China’s growing role in the region.

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