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WEEK IN REVIEW: Fresh off Sealing Iran-Saudi Deal, Chinese President Xi Jinping Next Heads to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to China's President Xi Jinping during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand on September 16, 2022. Sergei BOBYLYOV / SPUTNIK / AFP

Fresh off his success in brokering a restoration of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Chinese President Xi Jinping will next head to Russia. Xi reportedly plans to visit Moscow next week where he is widely expected to discuss Beijing’s Ukraine peace proposal with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. (REUTERS)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed back to Africa this week for a short three-day, two-nation trip to Ethiopia and Nigeria. While some U.S. media are framing the visit as part of a broader effort to counter China, the State Department said post-conflict stability will be the focus in both countries. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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