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The planned gala reception is in stark contrast to the low-key audience afforded Joe Biden in June, as ties between China and the kingdom grow closer

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The Chinese president Xi Jinping is expected to visit Saudi Arabia next week, where plans are under way for a gala reception to match that given to Donald Trump on his first trip abroad as president.

The welcome being prepared for the Chinese leader is in stark contrast with that afforded to Joe Biden in June, when the US president received a low-key reception, reflecting strained ties between the two countries and personal distaste between Biden and the de facto Saudi leader, Mohammed bin Salman.

Xi, however, is instead expected to receive a bells-and-whistles welcome intended to consolidate ties between Beijing and Riyadh and reinforce the image of China as an ally of Saudi Arabia, as ties with Washington continue to drift.

China and Saudi Arabia have been growing closer over two decades, but ties have deepened as Prince Mohammed accumulated power in the kingdom from 2016 onwards. Riyadh has defended China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority and Hong Kong’s draconian national security law, placing it at odds with the US on key human rights issues.

Trade ties between the two countries have forged ahead at the same time as Washington has pivoted away from the Middle East.

“China is Saudi Arabia’s largest trade partner. It is the largest buyer of Saudi oil,” said Mohammed Alyahya, a fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Middle East Institute and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. “China is very important in the region geopolitically. It has been eyeing military bases in Africa and elsewhere. In the past its interests had been purely mercantilist, focused entirely on commerce. Now they’re increasingly looking at things through a strategic lens.

“They are particularly interested in ensuring the free flow of oil. This is the same for China as the US. The Americans say there is a diversion of bandwidth away from the region to focus on countering China in a “pivot to Asia”. The Chinese however seem to consider the region to be a primary theater for great power competition.

“China is America’s primary competitor in the region. They’ll clearly be watching very carefully.”

Xi was first invited to Riyadh in March. His visit is likely to be the most significant to the kingdom since Trump’s arrival in May 2017, months after his inauguration, where he was received with silver swords, a glowing orb, extravagant gifts and a rollout of Saudi and Arab royalty.

That visit set the tone for the Trump administration’s disposition towards Riyadh, an era when the ambitious crown prince was given repeated cover by Trump and his senior officials and formed deep ties with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

China made no public comment about Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen, its boycott of Qatar, or the murder of dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which led to strong condemnation in the US and Europe.

China is increasingly seen as stepping into a regional vacuum created by waning US interest and power projection. Biden’s June visit yielded few dividends, and did not succeed in convincing Prince Mohammed to boost oil supplies – a move that would have helped reduce bowser prices in the US in the run-up to mid-term elections.

In preparation for the visit, which is expected to take in Riyadh, Jeddah and the planned megacity of Neom on the western Saudi coast, plans were under way to hoist thousands of Chinese banners and receive hundreds of dignitaries.

Prince Mohammed has appeared emboldened by Biden’s visit, telling allies that it succeeded in reasserting Riyadh’s influence on a global stage, and displaying a sovereign footing. Critics of the visit have claimed that the US helped rehabilitate Prince Mohammed nearly four years after the Khashoggi killing – which was carried out by Prince Mohammed’s security aides – while receiving little in return.

“Saudi has its swagger back,” said one senior Saudi official. “We engage with our friends on equal terms. Friends don’t just arrive here, demand things and give nothing back.”

Prince Mohammed recently travelled to Greece and France, ending years of isolation. “That visit was made possible by the Biden visit,” said the Saudi official.


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The planned gala reception is in stark contrast to the low-key audience afforded Joe Biden in June, as ties between China and the kingdom grow closer



The Chinese president Xi Jinping is expected to visit Saudi Arabia next week, where plans are under way for a gala reception to match that given to Donald Trump on his first trip abroad as president.

The welcome being prepared for the Chinese leader is in stark contrast with that afforded to Joe Biden in June, when the US president received a low-key reception, reflecting strained ties between the two countries and personal distaste between Biden and the de facto Saudi leader, Mohammed bin Salman.

Xi, however, is instead expected to receive a bells-and-whistles welcome intended to consolidate ties between Beijing and Riyadh and reinforce the image of China as an ally of Saudi Arabia, as ties with Washington continue to drift.

China and Saudi Arabia have been growing closer over two decades, but ties have deepened as Prince Mohammed accumulated power in the kingdom from 2016 onwards. Riyadh has defended China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority and Hong Kong’s draconian national security law, placing it at odds with the US on key human rights issues.

Trade ties between the two countries have forged ahead at the same time as Washington has pivoted away from the Middle East.

“China is Saudi Arabia’s largest trade partner. It is the largest buyer of Saudi oil,” said Mohammed Alyahya, a fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Middle East Institute and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. “China is very important in the region geopolitically. It has been eyeing military bases in Africa and elsewhere. In the past its interests had been purely mercantilist, focused entirely on commerce. Now they’re increasingly looking at things through a strategic lens.

“They are particularly interested in ensuring the free flow of oil. This is the same for China as the US. The Americans say there is a diversion of bandwidth away from the region to focus on countering China in a “pivot to Asia”. The Chinese however seem to consider the region to be a primary theater for great power competition.

“China is America’s primary competitor in the region. They’ll clearly be watching very carefully.”

Xi was first invited to Riyadh in March. His visit is likely to be the most significant to the kingdom since Trump’s arrival in May 2017, months after his inauguration, where he was received with silver swords, a glowing orb, extravagant gifts and a rollout of Saudi and Arab royalty.

That visit set the tone for the Trump administration’s disposition towards Riyadh, an era when the ambitious crown prince was given repeated cover by Trump and his senior officials and formed deep ties with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

China made no public comment about Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen, its boycott of Qatar, or the murder of dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which led to strong condemnation in the US and Europe.

China is increasingly seen as stepping into a regional vacuum created by waning US interest and power projection. Biden’s June visit yielded few dividends, and did not succeed in convincing Prince Mohammed to boost oil supplies – a move that would have helped reduce bowser prices in the US in the run-up to mid-term elections.

In preparation for the visit, which is expected to take in Riyadh, Jeddah and the planned megacity of Neom on the western Saudi coast, plans were under way to hoist thousands of Chinese banners and receive hundreds of dignitaries.

Prince Mohammed has appeared emboldened by Biden’s visit, telling allies that it succeeded in reasserting Riyadh’s influence on a global stage, and displaying a sovereign footing. Critics of the visit have claimed that the US helped rehabilitate Prince Mohammed nearly four years after the Khashoggi killing – which was carried out by Prince Mohammed’s security aides – while receiving little in return.

“Saudi has its swagger back,” said one senior Saudi official. “We engage with our friends on equal terms. Friends don’t just arrive here, demand things and give nothing back.”

Prince Mohammed recently travelled to Greece and France, ending years of isolation. “That visit was made possible by the Biden visit,” said the Saudi official.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...nt-xi-jinping-to-visit-saudi-arabia-next-week

Looking forward to learning more about new deals being signed and for an update about the many joint strategic projects such as the Saudi Arabian ballistic missile program, the drone programs, uranium excavation, renewables, business and trade, military deals, Belt and Road, joint investments etc.

The scale of the welcome will probably tell a lot.
 

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First country Xi travels to since Covid is Saudi Arabia. This will be a significant visit. Most likely Saudi Arabia will do trade/sell oil to China in Yuan.

And now this news.......

In separate filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange, PetroChina, China Petroleum & Chemical, China Life Insurance, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, and Aluminum Corp. of China, some of the largest state-owned companies, said they would voluntarily delist their American depositary share (ADRs) from the New York Stock Exchange.


 

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First country Xi travels to since Covid is Saudi Arabia. This will be a significant visit. Most likely Saudi Arabia will do trade/sell oil to China in Yuan.

And now this news.......

In separate filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange, PetroChina, China Petroleum & Chemical, China Life Insurance, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, and Aluminum Corp. of China, some of the largest state-owned companies, said they would voluntarily delist their American depositary share (ADRs) from the New York Stock Exchange.



That's huge if true. Has Xi really not travelled abroad (official state visit) since COVID-19? If that is the case and he has chosen KSA as his first destination, this alone speaks volume.

Expect game-changing deals to be signed. Published and unpublished if you understand/know a bit about the KSA-China "clandestine" ties and projects.:lol:


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Wow - new world order.....

For starters, I see humongous scope for Chinese military sales to Saudi in some categories and Saudi petroleum sales to China.

MBS is not like other Saudi Monarchs, he is really trying to improve the technology base in Saudi and China can definitely help him there....
 

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Wow - new world order.....

For starters, I see humongous scope for Chinese military sales and Saudi petroleum sales to China.

China already imports more Saudi Arabian oil than any other country in the world. This is ancient news and been going on for 10-15 years if not more.

China is also the greatest trade partner of KSA. I think that the mutual trade volume exceeded 65 billion USD in 2020 with KSA having a trade surplus.


KSA has been cooperating with China for ages when it comes to strategic fields such as the Saudi Arabian ballistic missile program, drones (one of the few if not the only one so far, Chinese drone factory abroad was set up in KSA a few years ago), uranium excavation within KSA (KSA holds 5-10% of all uranium reserves in the world), mineral excavation within KSA (several trillion dollar business) and a wide range of military deals (public and not so public). Let alone business, Belt and Road, direct Chinese investment in KSA and vice versa etc.

The real game changer would be KSA dealing oil in Yuan but that would be seen as a declaration of war as it would have the potential of severely damaging the influence of the dollar in the world markets.

Lastly China has an entire Arab policy paper, which is quite unique for them as they normally don't do this thing.



There is a large annual Sino-Arab cooperation forum as well.



Large Chinese populations in the GCC (Hui but also Han and Uyghurs).






So yeah, KSA/Arab-China relations are strategic and have been that for a very long time and will only continue to grow in strength. Have no doubt about that.

As a bonus info, the Arab/Arab world-China (in its entirety) trade volume was 330 billion USD in 2021.


Obviously most of that is GCC-China trade.
 
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China already imports more Saudi Arabian oil than any other country in the world. This is ancient news and been going on for 10-15 years if not more.

China is also the greatest trade partner of KSA. I think that the mutual trade volume exceeded 65 billion USD in 2020 with KSA having a trade surplus.


KSA has been cooperating with China for ages when it comes to strategic fields such as the Saudi Arabian ballistic missile program, drones (one of the few if not the only one so far, Chinese drone factory abroad was set up in KSA a few years ago), uranium excavation within KSA (KSA holds 5-10% of all uranium reserves in the world), mineral excavation within KSA (several trillion dollar business) and a wide range of military deals (public and not so public). Let alone business, Belt and Road, direct Chinese investment in KSA and vice versa etc.

The real game changer would be KSA dealing oil in Yuan but that would be seen as a declaration of war as it would have the potential of severely damaging the influence of the dollar in the world markets.

Lastly China has an entire Arab policy paper, which is quite unique for them as they normally don't do this thing.



There is a large annual Sino-Arab cooperation forum as well.



Large Chinese populations in the GCC (Hui but also Han and Uyghurs).






So yeah, KSA/Arab-China relations are strategic and have been that for a very long time and will only continue to grow in strength. Have no doubt about that.

As a bonus info, the Arab/Arab world-China (in its entirety) trade volume was 330 billion USD in 2021.


Obviously most of that is GCC-China trade.

Well Many Thanks for the links. :-)

I will go through them, very interesting....
 

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As the biggest oil customer and 2nd most powerful economy, with the biggest manufacturing output more than USA, Germany and Japan combined, of course China’s influence is increasing.The Middle East countries are happily adapting to this change,
 

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The real game changer would be KSA dealing oil in Yuan but that would be seen as a declaration of war as it would have the potential of severely damaging the influence of the dollar in the world markets.
The news above that I shared said that Chinese have decided to delist all of its oil giants from US stock exchanges right around the time when Xi's visit is announced. China definitely has something up its sleeve. Russia is already refusing to accept Euros for Russian oil and gas.

Now if China and Saudi Arabia announces something similar then it would indeed be seen as declaration of war.

Also Saudi Arabia and China have been reducing their US Treasury Holdings.
 

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First country Xi travels to since Covid is Saudi Arabia. This will be a significant visit. Most likely Saudi Arabia will do trade/sell oil to China in Yuan.

And now this news.......

In separate filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange, PetroChina, China Petroleum & Chemical, China Life Insurance, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, and Aluminum Corp. of China, some of the largest state-owned companies, said they would voluntarily delist their American depositary share (ADRs) from the New York Stock Exchange.



This is really strange.
Why would state oil giants do that?

Maybe its a signal to world that China wont tolerate Taiwan meddling. Who knows.

What if Saudi accepts oil payment in Renminbi. Is Saudi Arabia going to be bombed back to stone age?
 

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Saudi will look at their masters in Washington they are enslaved too well

Saudi does this from time time, they pretend to be close to Russia and China only so US throws it a bone

as soon as the bone is thrown Saudi will be in the American-Israeli camp
 

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What if Saudi accepts oil payment in Renminbi. Is Saudi Arabia going to be bombed back to stone age?
No. Starting another war in middle east would mean saying goodbye to hegemony in Europe and Asia Pacific. US is already suffering from imperial overstretch. Russia and China knows this US weakness and are exploiting it.

Though I doubt it would be announced in this visit. The most likely timing would be just before Taiwan invasion giving US no time to react.

  • Interestingly enough next OPEC meeting will occur in September.
  • October is one of the 2 months most conducive for amphibious landing in Taiwan due to good weather (the other month being April). China has already rendered median line null and void with exercises. Pelosi's visit was indeed a God given opportunity for China.
  • While November is when China's 20th Party Congress will convene and Xi will get his 3rd term
 
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I hope we can eliminate lies and Prejudice and let the Chinese and Arabs hold hands together.
I believe that our cooperation can change the whole world.

Sino-Arab cooperation could potentially change much of the Muslim world (directly and indirectly) and help kickstart the ongoing industrialization process further.

As the two largest ethnic groups in the world with ancient ties (historically good ties too) and both knowing the nature of the West from close hand, it is no surprise that they gravitate towards each other.

Moreover if China wants to and aspires to have the same or greater outreach in the world than the combined West, having great direct influence and ties with the Arab world due to its enormous natural and mineral wealth as well as absolutely key central location in terms of world trade, is absolutely paramount.

No wonder that the only foreign-based Chinese military base is located in Djibouti next to the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb.

Saudi will look at their masters in Washington they are enslaved too well

Saudi does this from time time, they pretend to be close to Russia and China only so US throws it a bone

as soon as the bone is thrown Saudi will be in the American-Israeli camp

Retard, you are confusing our “neutrals” with KSA. Look at the ground events that have already been published in this thread rather than trolling with your usual ignorant ramblings. Stick to thinking that tiny UK can invade and defeat Russia and China.:lol:

The news above that I shared said that Chinese have decided to delist all of its oil giants from US stock exchanges right around the time when Xi's visit is announced. China definitely has something up its sleeve. Russia is already refusing to accept Euros for Russian oil and gas.

Now if China and Saudi Arabia announces something similar then it would indeed be seen as declaration of war.

Also Saudi Arabia and China have been reducing their US Treasury Holdings.

Great and informative post. Something is definitely going on.

Any sources for the last claim? Significant news if genuine.
 

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