President Xi Jingping’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran Is a further important step towards wider Chinese involvement in the Middle East and its problems.
17 January was Iran nuclear agreement “Implementation Day”, a good day. US/Iran relations remain complicated, and Arab/Iran relations tense.
International meeting in Vienna on Syria including Iran for the first time (but not Syria) reaches some agreement. UN representative flies to Damascus, next meeting within two weeks.
Russian entry into Syria opens a gap between Russia and China. China and the new energy landscape.
Some good economic news for Egypt overshadowed by the row about the Al Jazeera three. Putin heads east.
Non-intervention is still more than a slogan, but does not constitute a policy. China is waking up, but fears getting its fingers caught in the mangle.