Chinese flag flutters in Saudi Arabia’s Capital Riyadh ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit on Wednesday.
The purpose of the visit is to focus on strengthening relations and energy ties between the two nations followed by months of tension with the US.
China, being the second-largest economy in the world, acted as Saudi Arabia’s major consumer of oil.
At a time of economic uncertainty and geopolitical realignment, both parties appeared eager to deepen their connection.
President XI will meet with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler, in bilateral discussions during this tour.
As per media reports, there will also be a summit with the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and a larger China-Arab summit.
According to a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry Mao Ning, the program marked the largest-scale diplomatic activity between China and the Arab world since the PRC’s formation.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the kingdom received more than 20% of all Chinese investments in the Arab world between 2005 and 2020, making it the largest Arab nation to do so.