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Q&A: What is Mahmoud Abbas Trying to Achieve in Beijing?

File image of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (third from left) during his earlier visit to Beijing in 2017. Image: Mark Schiefelbein / AFP

We asked Jony Essa, The China-Global South Project’s Mideast editor, to unpack the significance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to China:

What message is this visit sending?

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