China’s silky charming of Arabia

President Xi Jinping has promised more than $23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing ramps up ties with the Middle East; this includes aid for Palestine; Beijing foresees importing a whopping $8 trillion from Arab states up to 2025

July 11, 2018 4:41 PM (UTC+8)
China's President Xi Jinping, right, and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, center, arrive for the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: AFP/ Wang Zhao
China's President Xi Jinping, right, and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, center, arrive for the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: AFP/ Wang Zhao
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