Strongly worded statements are the most likely outcome given the divisions in the region after eight years of war in Syria and inaction over Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.
Saudi Arabia has sought to strengthen ties with Pakistan, with one eye on neighbouring Iran.
World appears to be moving forward following shocking murder of journalist and Mohammed bin Salman appears happy to join them.
The world’s claiming to be outraged at journalist’s killing, but it hasn’t stopped Riyadh signing US$50 billion worth of deals with international firms. And it is already firming ties with Russia and China in case US investment drops.
Beijing’s request for 11 Uygurs to be extradited from Malaysia comes as it imposes one of the world’s most intrusive surveillance systems in Xinjiang, a security approach it seeks to export to Belt and Road countries.
Economic woes and US hostility have soured Iranians’ perceptions of governments in both Tehran and Washington. If the US drops the nuclear deal, Rouhani will be under pressure to seek investment from elsewhere.
‘Money and politics make a combustible mix: If you don’t get the formula right, it can blow up in your face’
Amid a breakdown in relations with the US and questions over China’s commitment to its Belt and Road investments, the suspected kidnapping of Pingzhi Liu could not have come at a worse time for Islamabad.
Islamabad’s failure to confront domestic terrorism has put China in ‘a watchful mood’ regarding its Belt and Road investment plans
The crisis is potentially fuelling simmering regional conflicts that could place massive Chinese investment at risk in a part of the world that is home to China’s first overseas military base.
Prince Mohammed’s attack on royal family members and military commanders shows an intention to wield absolute power – but also speaks to his plans for reform and his approach to the war in Yemen.