China’s President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, pictured in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AFP
China’s President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, pictured in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping heads to Riyadh in boost for China’s ties with the Middle East

  • While US relations with Saudi Arabia are at an all-time low, Beijing is looking to deepen cooperation in the region on all fronts
  • The Chinese president will attend two summits with Arab countries and the Gulf states during his first visit to the kingdom since 2016

China’s President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, pictured in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AFP
China’s President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, pictured in Beijing in 2017. Photo: AFP
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