The Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Riyadh, the largest U.S. export market in the Middle East, as relations with the United States have soured since Joe Biden was elected.
According to a CNN report, US intelligence agencies have assessed that Saudi Arabia is now actively building its own ballistic missiles with the help of China, a relationship that could lead to domino influence in Middle Eastern countries.
Under Biden, the United States has ceased to be a superpower and the American leader has been publicly ridiculed on the international stage. The US allies are now allying with China.
It was previously reported that Joe Biden may go to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil as he shuts down domestic pipelines and submits new leases on drilling.
In the wake of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the oil crisis, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly rejected a phone call requested by Joe Biden. However, Saki denied the allegations during a press briefing at the White House.
Now, Saudi Arabia has invited Xi Jinping to visit Riyadh in a bid to strengthen ties with Beijing.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has invited Shike to visit the capital after Ramadan as part of its efforts to strengthen ties with China, the daily said. If Xi agrees to the visit, it will be his first foreign state visit since the epidemic began, the journal said. Ramadan 2022 will start on 2nd April and end on 2nd May.
A Saudi official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “The Crown Prince and Shi are close friends and both understand that there is a huge potential for a strong relationship.” “It’s not just that they buy oil from us and we buy weapons from them,” the daily quoted officials as saying.
In contrast, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBSO, has refused to negotiate with US President Joe Biden over the past few weeks as the latter seeks to curb the effects of rising oil prices in the Russia-Ukraine war. Journal reported.
Although Biden spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, he has not yet had a formal conversation with the Crown Prince. The journal further reported earlier this month that bin Salman and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates have both refused to set up phone calls with the Biden administration to discuss the rise in oil prices.
President Xi Jinping has not yet responded to the invitation.
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