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Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia’s China Option
President Joe Biden takes part in a working session with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al Salam Royal Palace in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on July 15, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
(Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia’s China Option

Chinese President Xi Jinping may soon visit Riyadh. Talk of this possible trip comes a month after President Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia and as seasoned observers of international relations wonder about the health of US-Saudi relations. For its part, Beijing sees tension between Washington and Riyadh as China’s opportunity. China is already Saudi Arabia’s largest trading partner, but as Riyadh focuses on diversifying its economy, Beijing sees new avenues to expand trade relations. These include military avenues. The Biden administration’s efforts to court Iran have deeply frustrated leaders in Riyadh, who have hedged toward Beijing by, among other things, buying arms and equipment and working together on nuclear power.

Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion on how far Chinese-Saudi cooperation can go. Panelists will consider whether Saudi Arabia truly has a China option, how worried the US should be, and how the US should respond.

This event will air publicly on this page on Friday, August 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET.


Mohammed Alyahya

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Bernard Haykel

Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Studies, Princeton University

Michael Doran

Senior Fellow and Director of Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East, Hudson Institute

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