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How China the Red Dragon flipped the peacemaking world order in the Middle East and Gulf

Iran's chief national security official Ali Shamkhani (R), Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi (C) and Musaid Al Aiban, the Saudi Arabian national security adviser, in Beijing, China on March 10, 2023. Courtesy of Getty Images

BEIJING (CC) - China's top diplomat, Wang Yi's name is ringing bells in the international detente community. He solidified the fact that his Red Dragon nation-represented country is running victory laps around its international competitors in the peace-making world, once he appeared in the center of a photo while flanked by high-ranking peace officials from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and The Islamic Republic of Iran.

The two Middle East and Persian Gulf powers were considered bitter rivals because they have supported opposing sides in Yemen's long-lasting brutal Civil War, which has recently experienced a calm including the exchange of prisoners.

So how did the Red Dragon pull this off? Through hard work, dedication and the triumph of the will to get something done - a formula for overcoming almost any difficult challenge or endeavor.

The Beijing-mediated Iran-Saudi detente did not happen over night. Back in 2021, Wang Yi speaking about Yemen said: “We call for implementing the Saudi initiative for a settlement in Yemen as soon as possible.”

Riyadh and Tehran met in Beijing from March 6-10 this year and hammered out a somewhat tentative agreement to reestablish ties.

"This is a victory for dialogue, a victory for peace, offering major good news at a time of much turbulence in the world," the Chinese foreign ministry cited Wang as saying at the close of the dialogue.



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