Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in China

The crown prince's trip comes amid anger in India over a deadly militant attack in Kashmir that New Delhi has blamed on Islamabad a key Riyadh ally

The crown prince's trip comes amid anger in India over a deadly militant attack in Kashmir that New Delhi has blamed on Islamabad a key Riyadh ally

With Saudi Arabia saying India is one among eight countries with whom it is establishing a strategic partnership, the joint statement said, "The two sides agreed to cement the existing "strategic partnership" with high level monitoring mechanism by the creation of Strategic Partnership Council led by the prime minister and the crown prince, supported by ministerial representation covering the whole spectrum of strategic relationships".

The crown prince will meet President Xi Jinping, who has made stepping up China's presence in the Middle East a key foreign policy objective, despite its traditional low-key role there.

He touched down in the Chinese capital on Thursday to wrap up his tour "Next up".

During the visit, a Saudi-Chinese Forum in Beijing is scheduled for Friday to promote joint economic cooperation between the two countries and consolidate economic and cultural relations to achieve the goals of sustainable development in various fields, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road global trade infrastructure initiative will be on the agenda, as the two countries look to improve their economic ties.

In India, Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS as he is popularly called, said terrorism and extremism are a common threat to both countries, adding that Riyadh will cooperate with New Delhi on every aspect, including intelligence sharing.

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"China is a great place to invest with a huge market and an improving environment", Shuang said.

Prince Mohammed's arrival comes on the back of state visits to Pakistan and India.

However, China has had to walk a fine line, as it also has close ties with Saudi Arabia's regional foe, Iran.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with a Chinese vice premier in a bid to strengthen relations in the face of criticism from the West over the kingdom's human rights record and its war in Yemen. In New Delhi on Wednesday, MBS said he expected investment opportunities worth more than $100bn in India over the next two years.

In cables of thanks sent to Modi and Kovind on Thursday, the Crown Prince expressed his utmost gratitude and appreciation for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to him and the accompanying delegation.

"We hope that through this visit we will enhance our relations enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation. and inject momentum into our bilateral relations", Mr Geng said. "I wish Your Excellency constant good health and happiness, and your country and friendly people steady progress and prosperity".

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