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China and the Arab League Publish a Joint Statement That Showcases Beijing’s Growing Ambitions in the Middle East

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Sunday with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in the Egyptian coastal city of Alamein. Image via Xinhua.

China and the Arab League published a sweeping joint statement on Monday that highlights Beijing’s increasingly ambitious geopolitical agenda in the Middle East and Persian Gulf regions.

The statement followed a Sunday meeting between visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in the Egyptian coastal city of El-Alamein where Wang also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

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