Middle East Becomes a Key Chinese Diplomatic Arena

Foreign Minister Wang returned to the Middle East for a second regional tour in only four months and seeks an official role for China in Israeli-Palestinian Talks. Visits to Syria, Egypt, and Algeria showcase China’s bargaining formula: aid, infrastructure, and investments – in return for “moral” support. China and Arab League will convene first-ever China-Arab Summit in Saudi Arabia next year. Full coverage pages 2-3.