by Justin Frattura and Trevon Jengelly
edited by Sean Ellertson
Saudi Arabia’s King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, began a month long trip to Asia last week according to The Washington Post .
So far he has visited Malaysia and Indonesia. He later plans to stop in Japan, China and the Maldives. The King’s trip further shows the growing relationship between the Arab Gulf Monarchies and East Asia.
During this time, Saudi Arabia and China are planning on military cooperation, free trade agreement, and a joint focus on fighting terrorism. Since Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest importer of oil, China considers trade relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council to be of utmost importance.
“China is willing to push military relations with Saudi Arabia to a new level,” said Chang Wanquan, the Chinese Defense Minister.
“Security featured heavily in his visit to Malaysia with agreements for military exchanges, joint exercises, and strengthened military cooperation,” the article stated.
Both Saudi and Chinese Special Forces will have a 15 day long military exercise in Chengdu, where they will train together in anti-terrorism drills, hostage situations, extreme weather and relationship building at the non elite level.
(Photo: The Washington Post)