Tehran Times - March 9, 2017
China has traditionally played a limited role in the Middle East
conflicts or politics, despite relying on the region for oil. However,
lately it has been trying to get more involved in efforts to end the
Syrian conflict, where Saudi Arabia backs the armed opposition groups
and Iran supports Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Last year, China offered support for Yemen’s government, which is
backed by a Saudi-led coalition in a war against the Houthis, which
Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supporting them militarily.
However, China has to act carefully, as it also has close relations
with Iran. President Xi Jinping visited both Saudi Arabia and Iran in
January last year.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s visit to China would take place from March 15 to 18.