Chinese president‘s Middle East tour goes far beyond oil

Beijing is expected to take a proactive approach to the Middle East, a region of great geopolitical importance next week.

President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23.

It’s the first visit by a Chinese top leader to the Middle East, in more than five years since the start of region’s turmoil.

While the world’s second-largest economy needs oil to feed its development, experts say President Xi’s visit goes far beyond ensuring its energy security.

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