China’s President Xi Jinping (left) performs a traditional dance with swords with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz as part of a welcoming ceremony for him in Riyadh on Thursday, during his trip to the Middle East. Photo: AFP

Back to the future: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Middle East visit ... and his Middle Kingdom dream

Beijing wants to boost its political, diplomatic and military ties and help promote nation’s international influence the way Middle Kingdom was regarded 2,000 years ago

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China’s President Xi Jinping (left) performs a traditional dance with swords with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz as part of a welcoming ceremony for him in Riyadh on Thursday, during his trip to the Middle East. Photo: AFP
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