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China Discusses Ceasefire, Aid to Gaza with Egypt

China’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, said China is “ready to coordinate” with Egypt to promote a ceasefire in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The comments came during a phone call with Osama Khedr, the assistant minister of the ...

China Determined to Stay Out of Israel-Hamas War, Analysts Reflect on How Beijing’s Stance Will Impact Mideast Ties

The Chinese government is not budging from its initial response to the war between Hamas and Israel, refusing to condemn the initial assault over the weekend and appearing determined to remain on the sidelines. On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wanbin ...

China-Linked Group Involved in Hamas-Israel Misinformation Campaign, Expert Says

A China-linked cyber organization has been attempting to criticize the Biden administration’s efforts relating to the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict, according to John Hultquist, chief analyst at Google Cloud’s Mandiant Intelligence division. At the same time, Chinese state media have been promoting unsubstantiated ...

China’s Nascent Mideast Diplomacy At Risk of Becoming Casualty of War

By Eric Olander, CGSP Editor-in-Chief Ever since China helped negotiate a détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran last April, Beijing and its supporters have spent the past six months promoting themselves as skilled Mideast peace brokers that can succeed where others ...

China “Should Have Taken a Stronger Stand” Against Hamas Attack, Says Israeli Diplomat in Beijing

China was among the last of the major powers to respond to the large-scale surprise attack by Hamas on Saturday that triggered an all-out war with Israel. And when the Foreign Ministry did issue a statement on Sunday, it was promptly derided by ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Dissecting the Chinese Statement on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict for Clues to Beijing’s Next Steps

China analysts are parsing through the Chinese Foreign Ministry's statement on the Israel-Palestinian conflict to look for clues on which way Beijing will go in how it responds to the war. Wen-Ti Sung, a lecturer in the Taiwan Studies Program at ...

Terrified Chinese Students in Israel Provided Near-Realtime Coverage of Saturday’s Hamas Attack

Dozens of Chinese students in Israel had a clear view of Saturday's surprise attack by Palestinian militants. As Hamas fighters made their way into Israeli cities, a number of students pointed their telephones over their balconies to record what was happening and then uploaded the footage to ...

Q&A: Lots of Smiles, Lots of Handshakes, But What Else Did Syrian President Bashar Assad Get During His Recent Visit to China?

President Bashar al-Assad's visit to China in late September is widely seen as an important step in Syria's re-integration into the international community after years of Western-led international isolation. Assad received a much warmer welcome in China than he would pretty ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Amid a Surge of Palestinian-Israeli Violence, Chinese Optimism About Its Role in the Peace Process Fades

June was a relatively uneventful month for Chinese commentators and journalists covering developments in Sino-Mediterranean relations. Among the few events that garnered significant media attention was the state visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Beijing. In line with the ...

Netanyahu May be Going to China to Boost His Political Standing at Home, Says Israeli Scholar

The political calculations that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made in agreeing to accept President Xi Jinping's invitation to visit may be far more nuanced than the prevailing narratives in the Israeli and U.S. media, which largely frame it around annoying Joe Biden.
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