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China's foreign minister on Mideast tour as US steps back

Wang Yi to tap shared irritation over Washington's human rights push

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit six countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL/BEIJING -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday began a weeklong tour of the Middle East to firm up relations as the U.S. disengages from the region.

Wang will visit six countries during the journey, which wraps up Tuesday. Saudi Arabia will be the first stop on the trip, which will include stopovers in Turkey, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman.

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