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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Saudi Arabia-China Defense Relations: Al-Otaibi and Shangfu discuss air defense, laser systems, and dronesnote

Saudi Assistant Defense Minister Talal Bin Abdullah Bin Turki Al-Otaibi met with the Chinese Minister of Defense Li Shangfu on the sidelines of the 11th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS), which took place last Tuesday (15/8/2023).

Al-Otaibi is said to have emphasized Riyadh’s wish to enhance defense ties with China.

Tactical Report highlights this matter, including:

- A specific type of drones Al-Otaibi and Shangfu discussed

- A Chinese air defense system the Saudi MoD is considering

- China’s position on exporting critical EW systems to Saudi Arabia

The report also highlights Al-Otaibi’s role in Saudi-Chinese defense talks.


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