The Dangers of Saudi Arabia’s Newfound Friendship with China

Feb. 24 2020

In the past few years, even as Washington has become increasingly wary of Beijing, Riyadh has signed a series of multi-billion-dollar trade and investment deals with Communist China. Currently China is a major importer of Saudi oil, and it is eager to invest in the kingdom as part of its massive infrastructure project in the Middle East and Africa. Therefore, writes Ilan Berman, the Saudis do not share American concerns about growing Chinese influence:

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More about: China, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy

 

The Sinister Attacks on Israeli Offers of Aid to Lebanon

Aug. 10 2020

“The only encouraging thing” about the deadly explosion in Beirut, wrote the former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt on Twitter, “is that even Israel has been quick in offering humanitarian aid.” Had Bildt been better informed, he might have known that there is nothing new or unusual about the Jewish state offering humanitarian assistance to its Arab neighbors—or to more far-flung nations. Yet his bizarre comment was less hostile than the reactions of those who rushed to dismiss the offer as a meaningless public-relations stunt. Lahav Harkov writes:

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More about: Israel diplomacy, Lebanon