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China Tries to Keep Iran, Saudi Arabia Relations in Balance Amid Surging Mideast Tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi worked the phones on Monday in a bid to stabilize ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are now under intense pressure following Tehran's missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Wang held separate calls with 

China Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Iran Attack on Israel

Beijing expressed “deep concern” on Sunday over Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said. Iran on Saturday launched more than 200 drones and missiles at Israel in an unprecedented attack, the Israeli army announced, in a ...

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 ...

Israel Expresses ‘Grave Concern’ Over China’s Response to Iranian Missile Attack

Israeli diplomats in Beijing expressed their frustration with China's response to Iran's missile attack against the Jewish state. Ambassador Irit Ben-Abba Vitale went to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday to share her concerns with Zhai Jun, Beijing's point man on the Middle East.

China’s Top Diplomat Wang Holds Call With Iranian Counterpart

China's foreign minister held phone discussions with his Iranian counterpart, Beijing state media said Tuesday, reporting that Iran said it was "willing to exercise restraint" after its first-ever attack on Israel's territory. Israel has vowed to respond to the unprecedented Iranian missile ...

Dissecting China’s Response to Iran’s Drone Attack on Israel

China's rather subdued response to Iran's weekend attack on Israel is loaded with strategic complexity. William Figueroa, an assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and one of the world's foremost scholars on Sino-Iran relations, posted a multi-part ...

Scholar’s Comments Hint That China May Not Have Expected Iran to Strike Israel

One of China's leading foreign policy scholars appeared on national TV last week and firmly declared that Iran would not launch a direct strike on Israel in response to Israel's bombing of the Iranian embassy in Syria. Dong Manyuan, a senior ...

China Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Iran Attack on Israel

Beijing expressed "deep concern" on Sunday over Iran's missile and drone attack on Israel, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. "China expresses deep concern over the current escalation and calls on relevant parties to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further ...

China Urges U.S. To Play ‘Constructive Role’ in Middle East

China urged the United States to play "a constructive role" in the Middle East on Friday after its top diplomat Wang Yi spoke with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken over the phone. Blinken used the call to ask Beijing to use ...

Blinken Asks China, Others to Rein in Iran on Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has asked China's foreign minister and other counterparts to use their influence to dissuade Iran from striking Israel, the State Department said Thursday. Blinken spoke by telephone over the past day to his Chinese, Turkish, ...

Gaza War Erodes Support for U.S. in Key Mideast Countries, Boosting Popularity of China and Russia, Says Poll

There's new evidence China is benefitting from the U.S.' unconditional support for Israel in the ongoing war in Gaza, according to the findings of a new public opinion survey conducted last month in four key countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

China Still Not Seen as a Serious Political Actor in the Middle East, Explains Top Sino-Mideast Scholar

With yet another Chinese envoy touring the Mideast, many people are scratching their heads, wondering what Beijing is trying to accomplish with its diplomacy in the region. Many Arab and Gulf governments see the Chinese as "the new kid on the ...

China Calls for Gaza Ceasefire in New Round of Shuttle Diplomacy With Hamas, Palestinians, and Israelis

China is making another attempt to insert itself in the Mideast peace process with a new round of shuttle diplomacy by a senior envoy who met with key stakeholders to call for a ceasefire in the ongoing war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
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