Closer China-Saudi Arabia Ties Show ‘New World’ is Dawning

US influence in the Middle East is falling as domestic unrest rocks its main ally Israel and China takes a leading role in regional diplomacy.

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Washington’s influence over the Middle East has waned rapidly over the past year. Veteran war correspondent Elijah J. Magnier argues that China has deftly supplanted the US as the key broker between the Arab states and Iran.

US influence in the Middle East is falling as domestic unrest rocks its main ally Israel and China takes a leading role in regional diplomacy, a veteran journalist has said.

Elijah J. Magnier told Sputnik that humanity was facing the dawn of “a new world” as a consequence of the US proxy conflict in Ukraine, which has sparked an economic crisis and civic disorder in the West.

“Things are changing” and Saudi Arabia is “looking at what’s happening,” Magnier said, “looking at the Americans much weaker than before, a distance from the Middle East.”

The US lacks “the same dominance as they used to have,” with the oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran now accepting payment in other currencies than the US dollar — like the Chinese Yuan and the Russian ruble.

Meanwhile, the West was shocked when behind-the-scenes Chinese diplomatic efforts reconciled Persian Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia and Iran, which resumed diplomatic relations with each other for the first time in nine years.

“It is China that brought Saudi Arabia and Iran together,” the journalist said, stressing that for ten years Washington was able to paint Iran as the enemy of the Arab states.

“That’s why all the Middle Eastern countries went to normalize the relationship with Israel. Today, Israel is no longer wanted in the Middle East,” Magnier noted. “Iran is no longer the enemy, and that is the weakness of the US.”

He pointed out that Israel, the main US strategic ally in the Middle East, was now suffering political instability as its “extremist” government failed to quell public anger over judicial reforms.

“It means there is a dysfunctional relationship between the West and Israel, between the Israelis and the Middle Eastern countries, between the Israelis and the Americans, between the Americans and the Middle Eastern countries. This is the situation we live in today.”

The war correspondent said China’s willingness to genuinely invest in other nations’ economic development was yielding huge diplomatic as well as financial dividends.

“The Chinese are offering a completely different model than the model of war that the US has used in the Middle East and other parts of the world for the last 25 years,” Magnier said.

“Now we hear how beautifully the African leaders are talking to address the West and saying: ‘You’ve done nothing for us. You just took our wealth and you ask us why the Chinese are in our country when they are giving us the road communications, transport, hospitals, universities, and you only came here to take our wealth’.”




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