Saudi Arabia signs 14 MoUs


Extending arms: King Salman reviewing an honour guard with Xi during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. — AFP

Beijing: President Xi Jinping welcomed visiting Saudi King Salman to Beijing as China pursues a charm offensive towards the Middle East, where it has previously kept a low profile.

The king’s three-day stay returns the favour after Xi last year visited Saudi Arabia as part of the first state visit to the Middle East by a Chinese leader in seven years.

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