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Saudi Finance Minister in Beijing Wraps Hectic Two Days of High Level Talks

Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan concluded a two-day visit to Beijing on Tuesday that included high-level talks with his counterpart Lan Fo'an and Vice Premier He Lifeng, China's point man on relations with the Kingdom. Al-Jadaan was joined on the trip ...

China’s Special Envoy for the Mideast Briefs Arab Diplomats in Beijing

China's Special Envoy for the Middle East Zhai Jun briefed Arab and Persian Gulf diplomats on Wednesday about Beijing's latest positions in the region.  Zhai reportedly addressed the recent talks between representatives from the rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas that ...

China’s Growing Influence in the Persian Gulf

It wasn't that long ago the Persian Gulf was a no-go zone for Chinese diplomacy. Back then, China didn't source much energy from Gulf countries, and its diplomats were ill-equipped to handle the region's contentious politics. That is no longer the ...

Splashy Saudi Mega-Project NEOM Chases Chinese Funds

By Holmes Chan with Robbie Corey-Boulet in Riyadh Bigwigs behind a Saudi megacity dogged by questions about its viability have wrapped up a tour courting Chinese investors, detailing plans for a futuristic ski resort and 170-kilometer-long skyscrapers.

China Imported a Record Amount of Oil Last Year

China broke its all-time record for oil imports last year, averaging 11.3 million barrels a day — 10% more than in 2022, according to new Chinese Customs data. Almost 20% of that volume came from Russia alone, which displaced Saudi Arabia ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China Tries to Keep Iran, Saudi Arabia Relations in Balance Amid Surging Mideast Tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi worked the phones on Monday in a bid to stabilize ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are now under intense pressure following Tehran's missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Wang held separate calls with 

How Israel and the Gulf States are Adapting to the U.S.-China Rivalry

The various crises unfolding in the Middle East have prompted a lot of observers to explore China's role in the region and whether Beijing will take advantage of the current instability to bolster its position in key countries, particularly at the expense of the United States.

The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and ...

Chinese, U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Battled It out for Attention at Saudi Defense Show

Chinese weapons companies made a big impression, literally, at last week's World Defense Show held outside of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where they took up more floor space than any other country. In all, 36 Chinese companies exhibited a full range ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Saudi Arabia Apparently Still Not yet a Member of the BRICS Club

Saudi Arabia is apparently still not yet a member of the BRICS club despite its membership being announced at the same time as when other new members joined the bloc. The Kingdom's commerce minister Majid al-Kasabi confirmed on Tuesday Riyadh has "not yet officially joined." (REUTERS) China's long-serving special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua stepped down due to ...
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