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International relations

Xi's Saudi visit seeks to shift narrative away from protests

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 7.    © Saudi Press Agency

RIYADH/TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for a four-day visit, during which he will attend the first China-Arab States Summit and a China-Gulf Cooperation Council summit.

The Saudi side expressed their welcome by accompanying Xi's plane with 10 fighter jets from the Royal Saudi Air Force, according to Xinhua News Agency. The president was greeted with a 21-gun salute at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

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