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Saudis Roll Out Red Carpet for Xi Jinping as Gulf Looks Past US

Xi will attend a summit with regional Arab leaders this week, stepping in to what has traditionally been viewed as Washington’s sphere of influence.  

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Two months after snubbing US President Joe Biden’s pleas for oil, Saudi Arabia is rolling out the red carpet for his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Xi will visit Saudi Arabia for several days starting Wednesday, during which he will take part in a regional summit with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Arab leaders, the kingdom’s SPA state news agency said, promising agreements worth some $30 billion.  Energy and infrastructure deals will top the agenda, according to two people briefed on the plans.