saudi arabia

China Facilitates Iran-Saudi Arabia Détente 

In a surprise deal facilitated by China on Friday, Iran and Saudi Arabia announced that they would resume their diplomatic relations. The deal is a breakthrough for the two Middle Eastern rivals, who will reopen their embassies...

New Zealand and Saudi Arabia Prepare Extraditions to China

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Zealand ruled in a 3-2 decision to allow the extradition of a murder suspect to China at the request of Chinese authorities. The ruling sets what critics have described as a dangerous...

Oil and the Beijing-Baghdad Trade Axis

Iraq could become the world’s next “oil superpower,” writes J. Michael Cole in The Diplomat, as China has stepped in with considerable capital to create an unlikely partnership that could define a new era of...

Netizen Voices: Guess Who?

MrWonder (琢磨先生), a well-followed Weibo user who claims to live in Saudi Arabia, recently posted a...

Chinese Visit to Saudi Arabia Touches on Oil and Politics

Premier Wen Jiabao is visiting Saudi Arabia and participating in talks there that may shift the dynamic of China’s relationships in the Middle East, especially with Iran. From the New York Times: Mr. Wen’s visit to Saudi...

Water Use in China “an Environmental Ponzi Scheme”

The Guardian’s Damian Carrington writes on the unsustainability of water use in China and the Middle East: The world’s population tripled in the 20th century, but the thirst for water grew six-fold, the large...

China and Saudi Arabia Form Stronger Trade Ties

From Bloomberg: Li Wei, a Chinese diplomat in Riyadh, had only just seen off a Chinese Ministry of Commerce delegation to Saudi Arabia this month when he started preparing for another governmental visit in two weeks. “Every...

China’s Growth Shifts the Geopolitics of Oil

The New York Times looks at how Chinese demand is rejuvenating Saudi Arabia’s oil export market: While China’s successful economic policies paved the way for a quick rebound there, the recession caused a deeper slowdown in...

China’s Hu to Visit Africa

Hu Jintao’s first overseas visit in 2009 will be to Africa and Saudi Arabia. From AFP: Hu will travel to Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Mauritius, as well as Saudi Arabia, from February 10 to 17, foreign ministry spokeswoman...

China woos Saudis for oil – Philip Sherwell and Peter Goff

From The Age (link): President Hu Jintao of China flew in to an enthusiastic welcome in Saudi Arabia at the weekend to negotiate new oil supplies. His three-day visit, aimed at improving relations between the world’s largest oil producer and its second largest oil consumer, is a sign that China is stepping up the policy […]

Avoiding Political Talk, Saudis and Chinese Build Trade – Hassan Fattah

From the New York Times (link): As President Hu Jintao of China made his first state visit to Saudi Arabia yesterday, his arrival in Riyadh offered the latest sign of shifting winds across the oil-rich Persian Gulf region: China has grown as a major market for oil, and Arab states have begun turning to it […]



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