On March 10, Iran and Saudi Arabia announced an agreement to restore diplomatic relations. The breakthrough was brokered by a surprising mediator: China. Wang Yi, China's top-ranking foreign policy official, mediated the talks between Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, and Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi Arabia's national security advisor. The deal and the process that led to it could bring significant implications for the parties, the region, and China’s role in international affairs beyond East Asia.
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William Figueroa - Dr. William Figueroa is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics, where he focuses on China in the Middle East and Sino-Iranian relations.
Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Chair of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.