Dall’analisi di Mohmad Waseem Malla, East Asia Forum. Amid news of US intelligence agencies alleging that China is actively assisting Saudi Arabia’s ballistic missile development program, evidence of Riyadh’s missile development facility and China’s role in its setup is lacking. Many are questioning whether this alleged collaboration marks a shift in China’s engagement with the Middle East from Iran towards Saudi Arabia. It is also unclear whether Beijing can sustain a balancing strategy toward these regional powers. Riyadh is shifting toward producing its own ballistic missiles to complement its purchases on the international arms market for three reasons.