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What to Make of China’s Mideast Diplomatic Breakthrough?

New details are emerging about the landmark diplomatic deal brokered by China for Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic relations. The initial excitement about the prospects for peace between these two Persian Gulf rivals has given way to a more sober assessment that effectively says the agreement is a good first step but that’s about it.

The key test is going to be whether both sides are going to pull back from their proxy fights in places like Yemen. Until that’s done, it’s still too early to be overly optimistic.

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