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Chinese Envoys Push Peace Efforts But Real Ambitions Remain Unclear

File image of Zhai Jun, China's special envoy to the Middle East, at the Cairo Peace Summit on October 21, 2023. Image via Xinhua.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold a closed session on the Israel crisis on Monday at the request of China and the United Arab Emirates. China pledged to promote peace in the Palestinian territories as it took over the presidency of the UN Security Council last week.

China’s Special Envoy to the UN, Zhang Jun, said the Israel issue will top the UNSC agenda for November and laid out China’s priorities: “It is imperative to promote a cease-fire and halt the fighting, prevent further civilian casualties, prevent a larger-scale humanitarian disaster and prevent the conflict from spilling over.”

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