Chinese President Xi Jinping just arrived Riyadh to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/yPN0meNo9m
— Sui Lixi (@lixi_sui) December 7, 2022
- Xi Arrives In Saudi Arabia For MbS’ Red Carpet Treatment, “Epoch-Making” 3-Day Visit
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
President Xi Jinping has touched down in Riyadh on Wednesday, kicking off a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia this week to meet with the king, in what marks his third trip outside the country since the coronavirus pandemic began, and his first to the kingdom since 2016 – or over six years. He was greeted with a lavish reception at the airport as the royals rolled out the red carpet, in notable contrast with Biden’s somewhat muted presence in Jeddah in mid-July.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that King Salman initiated an invite for the Chinese leader “to bolster historic ties and strategic partnership between the two countries.” China’s Foreign Ministry only unveiled and confirmed the trip Wednesday morning, hours before Xi’s plane entered Saudi airspace, after months of rumors of the impending official visit. SPA noted that initial agreements worth nearly $30 billion are to be signed during the bilateral summit, against the backdrop of the China-Arab States Summit and the China-GCC Summit in Riyadh, which will be chaired by King Salman and attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
President Xi’s state visit to Saudi Arabia will elevate the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height. pic.twitter.com/vNgyvbL8yZ
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) December 7, 2022