US President Biden’s top national security advisor met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on May 8. The meeting, primarily held to counter China’s rise in the Middle East, was also attended by officials from India and UAE. Jake Sullivan discussed “plans to advance their shared vision of a more secure and prosperous Middle East region”. Earlier reports said the meeting was being held for talks about plans to “connect the Gulf and Arab countries to India via rail and shipping lanes.” Sullivan also discussed the conflict in Sudan and Yemen with the Saudi Crown Prince, as per reports. Experts say Beijing is trying to create a rift and capitalise on tensions between the US and its allies across the Middle East, Asia & Europe. Analysts say the US is trying to limit China’s efforts to emerge as a major power-broker in the Middle East region.