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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.

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