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U.S. eyes Mideast-India transport network to counter China

Saudi Arabia joins talks with Washington following Beijing-brokered detente with Iran

A container ship moored at Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The U.S. seeks to create a major transport network that connects the Middle East with India.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is talks with Saudi Arabia, India and the United Arab Emirates about a massive transport infrastructure project as Washington steps up engagement with the Middle East to counter China's influence.

The project, reported by Axios on Saturday, would include a network of railways among Gulf and Arab states, to be connected to India via shipping lanes from ports in the region.

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