Monday, January 18, 2016

Xi faces diplomatic test on first Middle East visit

Charles Clover in Beijing, Heba Saleh in Cairo, Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Simeon Kerr in Dubai

The Financial Times - January 18, 2016

Xi Jinping is due to begin his first presidential visit to the Middle East on Tuesday in what promises to be a tricky diplomatic balancing act between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
China’s role in the region has been noticeable for its absence in recent years. The last time a Chinese head of state visited Saudi Arabia was seven years ago, and a planned trip by Mr Xi last year was scrapped amid the Saudi-Yemen conflict.


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