China’s CH-4 drone was reportedly the most sold item to Saudi Arabia during the Zhuhai Air Show, although neither party has confirmed a deal. They have been used in major battlefields in the Yemen war. Photo: Simon Song
China’s CH-4 drone was reportedly the most sold item to Saudi Arabia during the Zhuhai Air Show, although neither party has confirmed a deal. They have been used in major battlefields in the Yemen war. Photo: Simon Song

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Why is Saudi Arabia looking to China to buy weapons after years of arms deals with the US?

  • Chinese media reported Saudi Arabia bought US$4 billion weapons after the Zhuhai Air Show in November, a much bigger sale than previous deals
  • The Yemen war, journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and the Opec+ decision to cut oil output by 2 million barrels a day have affected US-Saudi defence deals

China’s CH-4 drone was reportedly the most sold item to Saudi Arabia during the Zhuhai Air Show, although neither party has confirmed a deal. They have been used in major battlefields in the Yemen war. Photo: Simon Song
China’s CH-4 drone was reportedly the most sold item to Saudi Arabia during the Zhuhai Air Show, although neither party has confirmed a deal. They have been used in major battlefields in the Yemen war. Photo: Simon Song
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