Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website: Xi Jinping's Visit To Saudi Arabia Was 'An Earthquake In International Politics,' Taliban Government 'Also Took A Stand Against American Priorities By Signing An Oil Deal With Russia'

December 21, 2022

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Following the Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia that began on December 7, 2022, the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) published an article examining the implications of the deepening ties between Riyadh and Beijing.

In the article, titled "China-Saudi Arabia Closeness – A New Chapter In Relations" and written by Mustansar Hijazi, the Taliban website compared the grand welcome accorded to the Chinese president in Riyadh with the visit of U.S. President Joe Biden to Riyadh in July 2022, which was seen as inconsequential. The article noted that Xi Jinping's visit to Riyadh and the Afghan Taliban government's oil accord with Russia, amid the Ukraine war, signal the ending of the American-dominated unipolar world "in which, whether the developed countries will benefit or not, developing nations will definitely benefit."

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Following is the text of the article as translated from Urdu:

"Is America In A Position To Take Any Steps Against Saudi Arabia? And Can Saudi Arabia Afford American Opposition?"

"China-Saudi Arabia Closeness – A New Chapter In Relations

"It is an acknowledged fact that the proximity and distance between the countries of the world on the ground of global politics depend on mutual interests. Every country formulates its policy based on its interest. In the camp [of friendly countries] where it is more possible to protect their interests, there will be closeness, and where there is a fear of hurting interests, there will be distancing. In a blink, long-time allies can become rivals, and the worst rivals can become allies in a jiffy.

"The relationship between America and Saudi Arabia spans about eight decades. During this period, there has rarely been such a chill in these relations as has been seen in the last few weeks. Relations between the two countries became so cold that the Biden administration issued open threats [against Saudi Arabia].

"Why did the relationship become so cold? Is America in a position to take any steps against Saudi Arabia? And can Saudi Arabia afford American opposition? These and other related questions of this kind have arisen in recent weeks due to the [increasing] gulf between the America and Saudi Arabia.

"The war in Ukraine is a turning point that has a deep impact on world politics. Every region seems to be affected by it. The same war also affected Saudi-American relations.

"Five months ago in July, U.S. President Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia to convince the Saudi government to increase oil production. On July 5, OPEC Plus – the organization of oil-producing countries led by Saudi Arabia – rejected the American request and cut oil production by two million barrels per day.

"Obviously, this decision had a profound effect on the internal politics and policies of the United States, which is why the very next day Joe Biden announced a review of relations with Saudi Arabia and said in a formal threatening tone that Saudi Arabia will have to bear the consequences of this decision.

"Apparently, this anger arose due to the decrease in oil production, but if you look carefully, the decrease in oil production is more or less connected with the current international politics. The U.S. wants to limit Russia's income from energy sources. Because the U.S. is indirectly connected with the Ukraine war, in such a situation, if Russia has a strong source of income during the war, it is a great threat to the U.S. and its allies."

"A Breakdown In [Saudi-American] Relations Cannot Only Threaten The Exports Of Defense Equipment [To Saudi Arabia], But In Such An Eventuality China Is Fully Prepared To Fill In The Gap"

"On this important occasion, the Islamic Emirate also took a stand against American priorities by signing an oil deal with Russia. This is not only a reflection of the Islamic Emirate's independent foreign policy but also a support to the countries trying to maintain the balance of power at international level.

"Now the question is that after rejecting American pressure, is America in a position to take action against Saudi Arabia? Or can Saudi Arabia afford to take a stand against the American position? In this connection, the point is that America is now in a double test. A breakdown in relations with Saudi Arabia is not in its interest.

"First, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil-producing country. This is why Saudi Arabia is leading the Organization of OPEC Plus countries. Further, Saudi Arabia is also the largest buyer of U.S. defense equipment. A breakdown in relations cannot only threaten the exports of defense equipment [to Riyadh], but in such an eventuality China is fully prepared to fill in the gap.

A screenshot of the article

"According to the Reuters news agency, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have also signed an agreement with China about defense equipment. According to this, a Chinese company will initially produce armed drones.

"The fear of this proximity between China and Saudi Arabia was expressed long ago by U.S. officials, rather by the U.S. president himself. Therefore, during his visit to Saudi Arabia in July of this year, the American president said in a conversation with media representatives in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia: 'America is not going anywhere; we will not leave a vacuum here for China, Russia, and Iran to fill in.'

"If the proximity between China and Saudi Arabia accelerates further, which seemed to be accelerating by the recent three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, then this series is another step toward the elimination of unipolarity from world politics, which is an alarm bell for the American government."

"In This Entire Situation, The Closeness Of The Two Countries Will Have The Advantage That The [U.S.-Dominated] Unipolar Politics Will Vanish From The World"

"The Chinese president's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia is not just a routine trip involving trade or energy deals between the two countries. Rather, this visit is no less than an earthquake in international politics. Beijing has called the visit an extraordinary event.

"[China's] Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning, while briefing journalists on Wednesday [December 7, 2022], described the visit as an important milestone. President Xi's trip was seen as more fervent than U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia in July this year.

"The Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia [Chen Weiqing] formally expressed his gratitude for the wonderful reception and called it an honor. As soon as President Xi's plane entered Saudi airspace, the Saudi Air Force welcomed it and stayed with it until King Khalid International Airport. Meanwhile, the Saudi Air Force painted the Chinese flag in the air.

"This closeness between Saudi Arabia and China increased with the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative [BRI] in 2019. The Belt and Road Initiative is the biggest project of the Chinese government in this century in which more than 66 countries are being connected by trade routes. In 2019, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had expressed the desire to join the project.

"According to analysts, the Chinese president also expressed his desire to Mohammed bin Salman that part of the bilateral trade should be in the Chinese currency Yuan instead of the U.S. dollar. If this happens, it can be a big shock for the dollar.

"In this entire situation, the closeness of the two countries will have the advantage that [U.S.-dominated] unipolar politics will vanish from the world, and a balance of power in the use of force will emerge in which, whether the developed countries will benefit or not, developing nations will definitely benefit."

Source:, December 10, 2022.

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