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King Salman bails, China prevails: Saudi King backs out of summit, meeting with POTUS; U.S. and China near nuclear agreement




Saudi's newly appointed King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015.
Saudi's newly appointed King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015.
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It’s a busy start to the week for President Obama, as he hosts a summit of leaders of Arab states this week at camp David.

However, one of the most important of the leaders will be conspicuously absent. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has decided he won’t be attending the summit or the meeting that he was supposed to have with the President ahead of that summit. The White House has also kept quiet its negotiations with China over a nuclear deal. The current one's expiring at the end of the year. What's included in the renewal is controversial.

The nuclear technology to be sold to China could be used for military purposes.It's controversial, given some of the nuclear technology to be sold to China could be adapted for military purposes. The Senate Foreign Relations committee is being briefed today, but it's unclear if Congress will approve. We'll hear the Administration's case.

Guests:

Steven Mufson, reporter for the Washington Post covering the White House. His article on the U.S.-China nuclear deal is up on the Washington Post’s website today.