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U.S. Senate Trip to Beijing Swivels to Iran and Mideast After Hamas Attack on Israel

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 9, 2023. Andy Wong / POOL / AFP

A trip by U.S. senators to China originally aimed at smoothing bilateral tensions and trade disagreements pivoted heavily toward Iran on Monday, after the Tehran-backed group Hamas killed hundreds of Israelis in a surprise attack over the weekend.

The Mideast conflagration comes months after China helped negotiate a détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Chinese media have repped Beijing as the new peacemaker in the troubled region.

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