With the inclusion of the Chinese language in Saudi education curricula, which further enriches the diversity of Saudi culture, Prince Mohammed bin Salman concluded a three-day Asian tour visiting three of the continent’s most important states.
The visit to Pakistan, India, and China had been classified political, much like the tours of world leaders. Economy, culture and enhancing partnerships were the most important elements of Prince Mohammed’s tour.
The Crown Prince’s second visit to Asian allies is to emphasize that associations with major powers in the continent, and elsewhere, can not dispel the Kingdom as a key element in the Crown Prince’s Vision of strengthening Saudi Arabia’s strategic alliances and diversity between East and West.
It also asserts that Saudi Arabia is capable of strengthening its relationship with opposing forces or even adversaries, as it does with India and Pakistan, without creating issues with other capitals.
The influential Saudi role in the international arena has been clearly addressed in Beijing, New Delhi, and Islamabad and the major capitals of the Asian states are fully aware of what the Crown Prince’s visit means.
The tour is a real indicator that enhancing cooperation with Riyadh is beneficial for all, which show that no one can deny, let alone abolish, the influential Saudi presence at the international level.
The media campaign targeting the tour is no more than a wave that broke against the Saudi power and its political influence, like all previous campaigns which failed even in their countries of origin.
The majority of those media attacks have been largely influenced by political decisions and ruled by interests attempting to diminish the Saudi strong role in influencing the political and economic stability of the world.
During the Asian tour, Saudi Arabia maintained its active presence on the international arena by strengthening vital partnerships with its allies and major powers within the framework of a balanced strategy to achieve its interests and implement Vision 2030.
Vision 2030 has been effective in all foreign visits as the largest gateway to achieving interests both for the Kingdom and its international partners.
The Kingdom openly declares its strategy based on the policy of mutual interests; the more you gain from this partnership, the greater the gains of the other party. Through this, the Kingdom was able to encourage its partners to proceed and maintain relations with them in a way that ensures the best interests of both parties.
Perhaps Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries capable of skillfully maintaining alliances with the major powers without provoking anyone. The Kingdom has enhanced its relations with China and maintains its relations with Russia, all the while, its strategic partnership with the historic US ally remains unabated. As mentioned earlier, Saudi Arabia also retained its relations with India and Pakistan.
In a perilous field, the Kingdom holds on to its diplomatic tools to avoid any usual roadblocks which many countries face when they try to strengthen their alliances with the East, West and rival powers.
This is not the Saudi Crown Prince’s first tour, however, it is different given the recent developments in the world. Asia remains a true witness that the Kingdom’s strength, influence, and attractions are rare to other regional countries. Those who risk abandoning their partnership with the Kingdom are in danger of losing many interests.