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The Hollow Saudi-Iranian Agreement

Clinching the deal: Saudi and Iranian officials at the signing ceremony on 10 March 2023 with China's most senior diplomat, Wang Yi. Image: Associated Press / Alamy

A new Chinese-brokered restoration of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran is hardly sufficient to overcome those two countries’ longstanding hostilities. Far from representing a regional realignment, it is ultimately more likely to demonstrate the limits of China’s influence.

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Barak Barfi

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