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Annoyed With the U.S., Saudi Arabia Pivots to Asia

File image of Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Abdulaziz bin Salman. VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP

The steadily deteriorating ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia are coinciding with what appears to be a concerted shift by the Kingdom to foster closer ties with Asia’s largest powers, namely China, India, and South Korea.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s powerful Oil Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman met for one-on-one talks with China’s top energy official Zhang Jianhua to discuss closer energy cooperation in the oil, nuclear, and new energy sectors.

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