Saturday, February 4, 2023

Chinese President meets Saudi Crown Prince

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ( Associated Press) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia during a state visit on Thursday, at a time when he is strengthening ties with a region vital to his country’s energy supply. sought to. When sanctions against Russia are intensifying over the war in Ukraine.

Xi arrived at Riyadh’s Al Yamamah Palace, where he was greeted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the outspoken son of King Salman who is set to rule the oil-rich kingdom for decades to come. Xi shook hands with the crown prince as a mounted honor guard carrying Saudi and Chinese flags followed.

It is currently unknown what Xi focused on in his meeting, although in a column published by the newspaper Al Riyadh he wrote that “exchanges between China and Arab states date back more than 2,000 years.” The column also quotes a quote from the Prophet Muhammad: “Seek wisdom, even if you have to go as far as China.”

Xi said in the column, “The Arab people value freedom, oppose external interference, oppose power politics and arbitrariness, and always seek progress.”

He said the Gulf Cooperation Council countries – which include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – serve as “an energy tank for the world economy”. China, the world’s biggest crude importer, is heavily dependent on Saudi oil, which pays the kingdom billions of dollars a year.

Saudi state media released video without audio of Xi and Prince Mohammed’s meeting at the palace, with a giant image of King Salman hanging in the background. Another video showed Xi later holding talks with the 86-year-old emperor and signing documents beside him. Many Saudi officials were wearing masks in that meeting.

The Arab states of the Gulf are trying to reorganize their foreign policy as the United States turns its attention to other parts of the world.

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