Analysis-China role in Saudi, Iran deal a tricky test for US

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By Phil Stewart and Michelle Nichols NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surprise deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore diplomatic ties offers much for the United States to be intrigued about, including a possible path to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program and a chance to cement a ceasefire in Yemen. It also contains an element sure to make officials in Washington deeply uneasy – the role of China as peace broker in a region where the U.S. has long wielded influence. The deal was announced after four days of previously undisclosed talks in Beijing between the Middle East rivals. White Ho…

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