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China’s Two-Pronged Response to War in the Middle East: Officially Stay Neutral, Unofficially Blame U.S./Israel

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning at the regular press briefing in Beijing on October 9, 2023. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China is under mounting international pressure to articulate a more forceful response to the war between Israel and Hamas that started over the weekend.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning faced a barrage of questions from both domestic and international journalists at Monday’s press briefing in Beijing.

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