- China mediates a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia to normalize relations and reopen embassies.
- The deal is expected to help de-escalate tensions in the Middle East.
- China's role as a powerbroker challenges the US-centric global system.
- China's growing influence in the oil-rich region is seen as another sign of Washington's waning standing in the Gulf.
- The key test will be in Yemen, where a proxy conflict is rooted in a civil war.
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China plays peacemaker in the Gulf
China mediates a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia to normalize relations, signaling its growing influence in the Middle East and challenging the US-centric global system. The key test will be in Yemen.