China’s meetings with Middle East ministers sets the scene for Beijing to step up in region

China is positioning itself as a prominent player in the Middle East with a string of meetings promising an upgrade in ties, the sealing of a free-trade agreement and deeper strategic cooperation in a region where US dominance is showing signs of retreat.The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and foreign ministers from four of its member countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain – are visiting the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi in Jiangsu province this week until…


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