We do not prioritize China over US: Saudi Investment Minister
The official noted that the US remains "Saudi Arabia's largest investment partner in long-term strategic cooperation."
Speaking at the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday, Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al Falih said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia does not give more priority to China over other States and that his country plans to maintain its economic partnership with China as well as with the US.
"We do not regard our relations with China as something different from our relations with other countries, for instance, Japan, or others. We expect to develop long-term economic partnerships with all [countries]," he said.
Al Falih added that Saudi Arabia's trade volume with China equals that of the US and the EU combined and that their trade relations go far beyond energy-related matters.
The US however remains "Saudi Arabia's largest investment partner in long-term strategic cooperation."
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