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On heels of Biden visit, China’s Xi expected to visit Saudi Arabia soon

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The controversial photo of the awkward fist bump between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Biden last month stirred a wide range of reaction across the globe. 

Only a few weeks before Biden’s visit, it was announced Chinese President Xi Jinping was also looking to visit the kingdom.

According to regional analysts, this points to a clear message: The world order has changed, and Beijing is watching closely and has slowly been moving in on regional U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.  

“America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is critical to maintaining stability in the Middle East,” Gordon Chang, an expert on China and a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, told Fox News Digital. 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 Summit Sept. 4, 2016, in Hangzhou, China. At the time of the photo, Mohammed bin Salman was Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense.
(Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

“The Biden administration, however, has adopted policies that seem designed to alienate the kingdom, thereby driving Riyadh into the hands of Beijing.” 

The Chinese leader is expected to arrive in the coming months, according to Chinese sources. His visit will come at a time of strengthening relationships with Saudi Arabia on multiple fronts,…

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