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Iran-Saudi Arabia Deal Sparks National Pride on Chinese Social Media Platforms

Chinese netizens reacted largely positively to the Iran-Saudi Arabia news on channels like Sina Military's Weibo page. Incidentally, the pink bunny emoji in the comments is Weibo slang for "China" and an eagle is for the United States.

There wasn’t a huge response on Chinese social media to the news that Beijing facilitated the restoration of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran given that it’s a pretty esoteric topic for most people. 

Nonetheless, there was some discussion on more internationally-focused Weibo channels like Sina Military. Reactions tended to swing between nationalist pride and suspicion that the U.S. will somehow find a way to mess it all up.

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