Standing next to the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing, Xi Jinping states clearly that China supports the two-state solution which is in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.
It is the loudest rebuttal to certain analysts’ ill-motivated question on China’s stand on and on for many years.
Having said that, it does not mean that Beijing can satisfy many others’ wish that China could play a proactive role in brokering a deal to bring peace between Israel and Palestine.
China is committed to peaceful solution, especially in the wake of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, this complicated issue is essentially the hot problem between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
I believe China is unwilling and unable to play a big role here. Unwilling, because Beijing is firm on its ‘non-interference foreign policy’. To have the two-state solution materialized actually means Israel has to make more concession than Palestine.
Beijing is definitely clear that they must stay aside to leave the Jews make their own decision. Unable, because China is not yet that economically and militarily influential to push anyone to do anything here, bearing in mind that China is still a Third World developing country.
China’s major potential contribution to such a two-state solution, perhaps, is its assurance to Israel that China is more than happy to help stabilize Palestine’s economic development so much so that these two states’ co-existence is realizable, assuming Palestine is interested in participating into China’s Silk Road project. We should not underestimate the impact of this assurance because it is a common desire for all humans to lead a safe life.
China is the only one who is a long-term and passionate friend to both the Jews and Palestinians [Note 1]. A 1971 long essay from Institute for Palestine Studies and a 2015 thesis from Middle East Institute can tell you much more about the friendship between the Palestinians and Chinese. Unlike the affluent Europeans, China’s financial aid to Palestine is very limited. China’s way, instead, is to cultivate a long-lasting friendship based on fair economic exchange as well as cultural interactions. How about … producing a film jointly or financing the construction of several cinemas in Palestine in future?
The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.
China Daily Mail, Keith K C Hui, “China: What Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have in common”, Nov 25, 2013.
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