Saudi Crown Prince set to visit China next week

Saudi leader will visit next Thursday and Friday and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Han Zheng
Saudi Crown Prince set to visit China next week
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
By AFP
Fri 15 Feb 2019 02:51 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit China next week, Beijing's foreign ministry said on Friday, as part of a swing through Asia in which the monarch is expected to sign an investment package with cash-strapped Pakistan.

The Saudi Arabian leader will visit next Thursday and Friday and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Han Zheng.

The visit will seek to "promote the greater development of Sino-Saudi relations" and "deepen cooperation" on China's "Belt and Road" economic and trade diplomacy initiative, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing.

The trip comes as the world's top crude exporter has been investing heavily in refinery and petrochemicals projects across the globe to secure long-term buyers of its oil.

He will also make stops in Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The crown prince visits Pakistan over the weekend, with the two countries reportedly planning to sign a number of agreements.

These include deals for a $10 billion oil and refining complex in Pakistan's strategic port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea.

Gwadar figures prominently in plans for the massive multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a collection of infrastructure projects seen as a key plank in the Belt and Road initiative.

The Chinese-led initiative involves investments worth some $60 billion in projects in a range of countries.

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