Sunday, August 27, 2023

Is Saudi Arabia turning its back on America?

 Yes, the current state of Saudi Arabia's relationship with America is evolving, but it is not accurate to say that Saudi Arabia is turning its back on the United States. The two countries have shared a strategic partnership for over 80 years, with ongoing cooperation on political, security, counterterrorism, economic, and energy issues

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 However, the relationship has experienced some disagreements and divergences over time
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Recently, Saudi Arabia has been considering a Chinese bid to build a nuclear power plant in the kingdom
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 State-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) has proposed to build the facility in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, near the border with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates
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 This move is seen as a way to pressure the Biden administration to compromise on its conditions for U.S. help in Saudi Arabia's quest for nuclear power
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The United States has expressed concerns about providing assistance with nuclear development in the region, insisting on an agreement that Saudi Arabia will not enrich or mine its own uranium
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 China, on the other hand, does not seek such conditions
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 The possibility of Saudi Arabia choosing China for its nuclear reactors could potentially affect the long-term strategic partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia
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In summary, while Saudi Arabia's relationship with the United States remains strong in many aspects, the kingdom is exploring other options, such as partnering with China for its nuclear power plant project. This move could potentially impact the long-term dynamics of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship.


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