Oman's goodwill and relationships with the Muslim world and the West could prove vital, as they have historically, to ensuring that US-Iran tensions don't boil over.
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, China looks to make Afghanistan a bigger part of its regional ambitions.
A senior Chinese diplomat says more talks will take place to fix details regarding economic support to Islamabad, as visiting Pakistani PM Imran Khan tells Chinese of "a very difficult economic situation" at home.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's promised 'New Pakistan' is tied, he says, to peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. The odds are against him.
Since 2013 Beijing has worked diligently to develop the Belt and Road Initiative as a win-win project capable of transcending adversarial diplomatic relationships. Its success will depend heavily on decreasing regional hositilities.
The cyclone is expected to make landfall early on Saturday near Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, after thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra, where at least 17 people went missing.
The whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai ruler Mohammed al Maktoum, is unknown since Emirati commandos intercepted her sailboat in the Arabian Sea during an attempted escape, ex-French spy Herve Jaubert, who tried to help her, says.
Police say men pretending to be police officers in the Pakistani city of Quetta abducted the Chinese language teachers.
During the "One Belt, One Road Forum", the Chinese president promoted his signature foreign policy project and pledged an extra $124 billion.
The coordinated attacks targeted a passenger train which runs between the city of Quetta and the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
China's Xinjiang and Pakistani counterparts develop economic partnership, signing $2 billion agreement
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