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Xi Jinping Travels to Saudi Arabia For High-Profile Summits With Saudi and Arab Leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Riyadh on Wednesday for a three-day visit that will include a trio of summits with Saudi Arabia's rulers and Arab leaders. Even though preparations in the Kingdom had been underway for weeks ...

$30 Billion of China-Saudi Deals to Be Signed During Xi’s Visit to the Kingdom

Chinese and Saudi Arabian officials will sign $29.62 billion worth of commercial deals this week during President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to the Kingdom. In all, some 20 agreements will be inked, according to a report published on Tuesday by the ...

China-Saudi Trade is Booming… And Not Just Because of Oil

The obvious reason for Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia is to foster closer ties with one of China's largest oil suppliers (Russia and Saudi Arabia have been battling for the top spot for much of the past year), but that alone would overlook the increasingly dynamic ...

Beware of the Simple Media Narratives Warns China Scholar About Xi Visit to the Mideast

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jonathan Fulton has some advice for journalists covering Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia: don't fall for the simple narrative that this trip is about some kind of Great Power Competition with the United States. Instead, Fulton ...

With Xi Jinping Back on the Road, Ryan Hass Reflects on Where Chinese Diplomacy Goes From Here

Now that China is beginning to relax its draconian Zero COVID policies and President Xi Jinping has emerged from three years of diplomatic hibernation, Ryan Hass, a top China scholar at the Brookings Institution, reflected in a multipart Twitter thread on Tuesday on the choices ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

The China-Arab Summit: Arab Press Highlights the Need for Economic Partnerships and Political Alliances

Arab and regional press widely focused on the China-Arab summit scheduled this week in Saudi Arabia, highlighting its importance as a “turning point in the history of Sino-Arab relations.” Several writers shared their thoughts about the significance of the summit, saying ...

Google to Partner with Transsion, China’s Phone Giant in Africa

Google announced that it struck a global strategic partnership with Transsion, a Chinese maker of mobile phones beloved across the Global South. Together, the two will target emerging markets like Africa via cooperation on the Android operating system, online advertising, and Google Cloud services. ...