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China wants to direct a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ankara, Turkey on 25 March 2021 [Turkish Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ankara, Turkey on 25 March 2021 [Turkish Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister (FM) Wang Yi affirmed his support and role working towards a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reported Wafa news agency.

During a phone conversation yesterday with Palestinian Authority (PA) Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr, the Chinese FM was briefed on the situation in the Palestinian territories and Israel's apartheid practices, including daily settler aggression.

Abu Amr emphsaised how Israel's daily violations threaten the existence of the Palestinian people in their homeland and achieving a peace agreement with the Israelis, which requires a comprehensive evaluation.

In response, FM Wang Yi expressed his country's intentions to step up its involvement in mediating efforts to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, which he stated is not possible until a just solution to the Palestinian issue is agreed upon.

He added that China believes the international community should uphold the "land for peace" principle and realise that the "two-state solution" is the only realistic path to resolving the Palestinian question.

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Over the last two decades, China and Israel have built a close relationship based on investments and economic ties. In that period Beijing has become Israel's second-largest trade partner behind the US.

In 2017, China banned its nationals from taking part in the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, even as Chinese contractors were busy working on infrastructure projects in Israel.

During Israel's 11-day bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 250 people including women and children, China strongly backed the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and denounced the US for obstructing an attempt by the UN Security Council to speak with one voice on Israel's actions in Gaza.

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