Why has Biden remained dead silent about this major development? We need real leadership badly.
China and Russia share a common stance regarding the Palestinian issue and intend to collaborate in efforts to de-escalate the situation and promote a two-state solution for both Israel and the Palestinians. Zhai Jun, China’s special envoy to the Middle East, made these remarks following a meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian president’s special representative for the Middle East and Africa, in Qatar. According to a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry, Zhai emphasized that the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the lack of assurance of the Palestinian people’s legitimate national rights.
According to ABC, both China and Russia align on their position regarding the Palestinian question and are committed to maintaining communication and coordination to work towards de-escalation. Their shared objective is to play a positive role in facilitating peace talks between Palestine and Israel, actualizing the two-state solution, and achieving a comprehensive, fair, and sustainable resolution to the Palestinian issue at the earliest opportunity.
China’s decision to send Zhai as an envoy to the Middle East signifies its aspiration to play a more significant role in the region. They aim to contribute to the political settlement of crises in the Middle East and North Africa, with a particular focus on resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
China opposes attacks on civilians and has called for an immediate cease-fire to safeguard civilians during the recent conflict in Gaza. They emphasize the importance of major powers adopting an objective and impartial approach when dealing with international hot spot issues.
Zhai expressed China’s condolences for the civilian casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Palestine. China regards Palestine’s fighters as a “resistance movement,” differing from Israel and other countries that label it as a terror group.
China aims to establish itself as a mediator and exert influence in the region, particularly in light of shifts in U.S. global priorities. However, the recent Gaza conflict has drawn the U.S. back into the region, with President Joe Biden visiting Israel.
Zhai also met with Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Mohammed Abdulaziz al-Khulaifi, and the Chinese foreign ministry has indicated that he will be traveling to other Middle Eastern countries, though specific details were not provided.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly conveyed to Chinese leader Xi Jinping the appreciation of Egypt and other Arab countries for China’s consistent and just stance on the Palestinian issue. These countries expect China to play a more significant role in resolving the current crisis. Xi emphasized the immediate need to halt the fighting and prevent it from causing a severe humanitarian crisis, expressing China’s readiness to strengthen coordination with Egypt and other Arab countries for a comprehensive, fair, and enduring solution to the Palestinian question.