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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Saudi Arabian Shift away from the US towards China

Saudi Arabia has recently reacted with unusual bluntness to US moves at rapprochement with the kingdom’s enemies in Tehran and Damascus, forcing President Barack Obama to either alter his stance or risk a breakdown in relations.

The Saudis are clearly testing its 70 year US dependence....And quietly, America’s traditional allies in the region – such as Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Gulf states – are rooting for the Saudis.

The Saudis basically observed how Obama was willing to compromise and settle for a deal with Syria after he had called for President Bashar Assad’s removal from power two years ago; they don’t like it and are hence starting to push back hard.

Now how real is that shift and what are we to make out of it?

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Ziad K Abdelnour

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