What’s Really Driving Saudi Arabia’s Outreach to China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia's King Salman during a welcome ceremony, Beijing, China, March 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia's King Salman during a welcome ceremony, Beijing, China, March 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
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On March 15, King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit. The trip, part of a one-month tour of Asia, was widely covered in the Saudi and international press, in part due to the fact that the king was accompanied by an entourage of 1,000 people. Far more noteworthy were the $65 billion worth of agreements the king signed with Chinese President Xi Jinping in fields ranging from cooperation on China’s space exploration program to the construction of new refineries in China with Saudi Aramco, the state oil company. Saudi Arabia is clearly seeking to deepen […]

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