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For the Western Press, Xi’s Saudi Visit is All About the United States

A picture taken on December 7 2022, in Riyadh, shows the Chinese and the Saudi flags adorning a street ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to the Saudi capital. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

The China-Middle East expert Jonathan Fulton complained on Twitter this week that many editors at major Western news outlets seem to have pre-decided their framing of Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Rather than focusing on what the two countries want and where they’re coming from, some Western publications seem determined to frame the visit in terms of the United States.

A look at the headlines chosen by key Western news outlets seems to confirm this view:  

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