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Chinese Scholars Are (Really) Confident China Can Mediate a Settlement Between Palestinians and Israelis

Palestinian Authority President arrived in Beijing for a four-day visit, the first by an Arab leader to China this year. Image via Xinhua.

There is an emerging consensus among prominent Mideast scholars in China that Beijing is now the ideal mediator to help broker a settlement to the seemingly intractable Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Their confidence (which some might see as hubris) is rooted in the role that China played in the restoration of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran earlier this year:

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