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Report: Xi about to embark on state visit to Saudi Arabia

According to a report in The Guardian news, Xi Jinping will travel to Saudi Arabia next week. The report states that China’s president is to be welcomed with a gala reception. It would be Xi’s first state visit abroad since the beginning of the Covid pandemic in January 2020, and the grand reception is expected to reflect the good relations between the two countries. US President Biden received a very low-key reception during his last visit to Saudi Arabia in June, after relations between the two countries cooled in part due to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and greater US energy independence.

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