Saudi Arabia’s crown prince talks about “strategic partnership” with China

Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), spoke in a phone call on Friday about his “strategic partnership” with communist dictator Xi Jinping.

According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), MBS and Xi discussed “ways to further the work of the Saudi-Chinese Joint Committee” and “international situations and issues of common concern.”

Al Arabiya News described The call was the first known interaction between the two since MBS Xi offered condolences to China Eastern Airlines plane crash on March 21, killing all 132 passengers and crew.

Chinese state media called Xi told MBS he considers developing closer ties with Saudi Arabia a “priority.”

“The Chinese side supports Saudi Arabia in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and stability and independently exploring a development path that suits its own national conditions,” Xi reportedly said.

Xi offered MBS support for programs such as Saudi Vision 2030the roadmap to diversify the oil-based Saudi economy, and Saudi Arabia’s “Green Middle East” initiative in exchange for Saudi “synergies” with China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure program.

“China stands ready to work with Saudi Arabia to promote peace and stability in the Middle East, push for the early conclusion of the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement, and jointly build a Sino-Arab community with a shared future for the new.” era,” Xi said.

According to Chinese news reports, MBS promised Saudi Arabia to protect the regime in Beijing from international consequences brutal oppression of the Uyghur Muslims. Given China’s enthusiasm for “the right of all countries to independently choose their own political and human rights paths,” MBS can expect little criticism from Beijing for its own offenses.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (4th R) attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing February 22, 2019. (Photo by HOW HWEE YOUNG / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing February 22, 2019. (Photo credit should read: HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

of Germany deandCzech wave (DW) noted that China buys about a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports and has pressured the kingdom to let that oil be bought with yuan instead of dollars, which would be a big step towards China’s long-held goal of to dethrone the US dollar as the world oil currency.

DW pointed out that if the Saudis help China establish the yuan as an oil currency, it could give China’s ally Russia an easy way to avoid global sanctions imposed after Russia attacked Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia does a lot of business with China, and its monarchs could understandably be interested in joining a new world order in which Western concepts of human rights and individual liberties have been completely erased.

As well as DW Hinting cautiously, the Saudis have noted that Western nations are recklessly jumping off the “green energy” cliff while China remains uncompromisingly interested in fossil fuels. It is not difficult to imagine that Riyadh sees the Chinese as more reliable customers for its most important petroleum products.

On the other hand, some foreign policy analysts believe the Saudis are fond of flirting with China, mainly to keep Western governments on their toes, forever leaving a full alliance with Beijing hanging around as a “bargaining ground” for concessions from the US and Europe blackmail.

The growing alliance between Saudi Arabia and China could face a major test in the coming days as the Saudis consider deporting a Uyghur woman named Buheliqiemu Abula and her 13-year-old daughter to China over violent protests by human rights activists.

Abula told Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday subjected her Saudi prison guards to tests for coronavirus and she believes they could send her to China at any time. She and her daughter will almost certainly be thrown into China’s brutal concentration camps in Xinjiang Province if that happens.

Two Uyghur men are also facing extradition to China. AI urged Saudi Arabia to halt all four deportations.

“The forced repatriation of these four Uyghurs would be a ruthless violation of Saudi Arabia’s obligations under international law. The Saudi authorities must not even consider sending them to China, where they will face arbitrary detention, persecution and possible torture,” said Lynn Maalouf, AI deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince talks about “strategic partnership” with China

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