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China Gears Up to Play Bigger Role in Middle East Politics

Chinese President Xi Jinping's first official visit to the Middle East next week is a signal of Beijing's intention to be a major player in Mideast affairs, analysts say. The Chinese government has not yet announced specifics of Xi’s Mideast tour.  But official agencies in Iran and Egypt say he will visit the region beginning January 20.  This would be the first time in 12 years a Chinese president will visit the two countries.  Xi is also expected to visit Saudi...

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