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China’s Offer to Mediate Israel-Palestinian Conflict Lacks Credibility, Say Analysts

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang sought to build on his recent success in mediating a settlement between Iran and Saudi Arabia by reaching out to the foreign ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to offer to do the same. Suo Takekuma / POOL / AFP

This week’s offer by Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang to facilitate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was quickly dismissed as unrealistic by prominent scholars and analysts who closely follow the issue.

Qin spoke separately with the foreign ministers from both sides on Monday and said that resolving their longstanding dispute is a “top priority” for Beijing.

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