Chinese President Xi Arrives in Saudi Arabia on 'Epoch-Making' Visit #shorts.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, footage broadcast on Saudi TV showed, as Riyadh expands global alliances beyond longstanding ties with the West.

Beijing hailed the visit as its biggest diplomatic initiative in the Arab world.

Xi was greeted by Riyadh’s Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud as he arrived by plane in Riyadh on Wednesday, with Saudi military planes on display and cannon fired.

The meeting between the global economic powerhouse and Gulf energy giant comes as Saudi ties with Washington are strained by U.S. criticism of Riyadh's human rights record and Saudi support for oil output curbs before the November midterm elections.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to offer Xi a lavish welcome, in contrast with the low-key reception for U.S. President Joe Biden whose censure of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler formed the backdrop for a strained meeting in July.

Xi's trip includes direct talks with Saudi Arabia, a wider meeting with the six-nation Gulf Arab alliance and a summit with Arab leaders which will be "an epoch-making milestone in the history of the development of China-Arab relations", foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.

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