Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shake hands in Beijing on March 16, 2017, after signing 14 agreements on economic cooperation worth US$65 billion. Photo: Kyodo

China rewrites the rules on how to rise in influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner writes that Beijing, by increasing its oil consumption and maintaining an open posture towards competing actors in the region while letting the US handle the security burden, has quietly made itself into a massive player in the region

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman shake hands in Beijing on March 16, 2017, after signing 14 agreements on economic cooperation worth US$65 billion. Photo: Kyodo
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