Iran-Saudi deal: China’s growing clout in the Middle East
16 March 2023 | 5:33 am
The recent Saudi-Iran deal is a major triumph for Chinese diplomacy, but Beijing may find the Middle East to be a tricky region to operate in, say experts.
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