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Saudis sharpen Asian focus with $65bn China partnership

Economic, security ties to compensate for American disinterest

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman, left, with Chinese President Xi Jinping.   © Kyodo

DUBAI/BEIJING -- Saudi Arabia and China have inked $65 billion worth of deals and agreed to bolster security ties as the Middle Eastern kingdom scans Asia for partners to support an economic overhaul.

Saudi King Salman met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, rounding out a series of Asia visits in the first trip by a Saudi king to China in 11 years. The duo inked cooperation pacts in 14 areas, including politics, the economy, investment, energy and aerospace. These involve 35 specific projects, though such details as cost breakdowns have not been released.

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