ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Opinion

Saudi-Iran deal adds new dimension to U.S.-China rivalry

Beijing has merely stepped into vacuum created by Washington's pivot to Asia

| Middle East
Top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi, middle, with Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, right, and Saudi national security adviser Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban in Beijing.   © Reuters

Dave Sharma was previously chairman of the Australian parliament's joint subcommittee on foreign affairs and aid, lead diplomatic adviser in the department of the prime minister and ambassador to Israel.

China's brokering of a diplomatic normalization agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia marks a diplomatic coup and is illustrative of a new power order taking shape in the Middle East.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more