China’s President Xi Jinping is going on a two-day visit to the country amid increasing distance between the United States and Saudi Arabia due to the decision of OPEC Plus, an alliance of oil producing countries.

US media CNN gave this news in a report on Tuesday amid rumors about Xi’s visit to Saudi Arabia for several months. The Chinese president is leaving for a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, CNN reported, citing four sources. However, there was no statement from Riyadh and Beijing.

CNN reports that the Chinese president will participate in the Sino-Arab summit and the China-GCC summit in Riyadh. The heads of 14 Arab countries can participate in the Sino-Arab summit.

In 2018, the country’s relationship with the United States soured around the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Among them, the distance between the two countries has increased due to some decisions of OPEC Plus, the alliance of oil producing countries, in October of this year.

OPEC Plus decided to cut oil production despite US objections. An angry President Biden also warned Saudi Arabia that it will suffer the consequences of the deterioration of US relations with Saudi Arabia.

US accuses Saudi Arabia of helping belligerent Russia by decision to cut oil production; However, Riyadh denied this accusation.

However, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the OPEC Plus decision was purely economic and was taken unanimously by its member countries. Alliance members acted responsibly and took appropriate decisions.

(06 December/DM)