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Xi Says China ‘Deeply Pained’ by ‘Severe’ Gaza Situation

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during a signing ceremony with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 29, 2024. TINGSHU WANG / POOL / AFP

President Xi Jinping told his Egyptian counterpart on Wednesday that China was “deeply pained” by the “extremely severe” situation in Gaza, as Beijing hosts Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and several other Arab leaders.

The talks between Xi, Sisi, and other Arab dignitaries in China this week are aimed at building consensus between Beijing and the Arab nations, as well as presenting a “common voice” on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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