Saudi Arabia hosts important Summits with China during the World Cup

The Brief, No. 37

08 December 2022

Important summits will take place in Riyadh between the President of China Xi Jinping, Saudi Arabia and leaders of the Arab World. 

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), “the visit will include a “Saudi-Chinese summit,” a China-Arab and a China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit”. 

  • Saudi Arabia is clearly trying to demonstrate its influence in the region, that it has the power to “summon in short notice” all Arab leaders to a meeting.

Notably as well is the timing of the summits. Indeed Saudi - China Summit has been long in planning.  However, Arab-China Summit and the GCC -China Summit were after thought meant to steal the limelight from Qatar who is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup. 

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