What's behind the growing ties between Asia and Arab monarchies

This summer, pictures of China's President Xi Jinping were all over the front pages of newspapers in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The occasion was the Chinese leader's three-day visit to the UAE, where he signed a comprehensive strategic partnership. The visit in July was the first by a Chinese leader in nearly three decades. Earlier this month, a memorandum of understanding was signed on collaboration in financial services.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'What's behind the growing ties between Asia and Arab monarchies'. Print Edition | Subscribe