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China Says Hopes ICC Will Be ‘Objective’ After Warrants Sought for Israel, Hamas Leaders

China said Tuesday it hoped the International Criminal Court would uphold an "objective" position after a prosecutor requested arrest warrants for leaders from Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Islamist movement Hamas. The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Karim Khan ...

China Urges Israel to ‘Stop Attacking Rafah’

China on Tuesday urged Israel to "stop attacking Rafah", after the Israeli army said it took "operational control" of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. "China... strongly calls on Israel to heed the overwhelming demands ...

Chinese Perspectives on the Recent Iran-Israel Clash

By Adam Koi On April 1, 2024, an airstrike against the Iranian embassy complex in Damascus, Syria, destroyed the building housing the Iranian consulate and killed sixteen people, including high-ranking officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Although no country officially ...

China Says Palestinian Rivals Hamas and Fatah Met for Talks in Beijing

China said Tuesday that rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah met in Beijing recently for "in-depth and candid talks on promoting intra-Palestinian reconciliation". "Representatives of the Palestine National Liberation Movement and the Islamic Resistance Movement recently came to Beijing," foreign ministry ...

Chinese Satellites Track the Destruction in Gaza

Nearly 60% of all the buildings in Gaza have been destroyed since the beginning of the war between the Palestinian-militant group Hamas and Israel on October 7th, according to Chinese satellite imagery. Scholars from Wuhan University presented their findings last week ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Should China Use Its Influence With Iran to Help the U.S. and Israel?

Senior U.S. leaders have once again called on China to use its considerable economic leverage to persuade Iran to change its behavior in the escalating conflict with Israel. Various U.S. officials have made this same request on several occasions already, going ...

China to Play ‘Constructive Role’ to Ease Tensions After Reported Strike on Iran

China said Friday that it will "continue to play a constructive role to de-escalate" tensions in the Middle East after Iranian media reported explosions heard near the city of Isfahan and US media quoted officials saying Israel had carried out retaliatory strikes on its arch-rival.

Frustration in Israel Over China’s So-Called ‘Neutrality’

Ever since the war in Gaza began soon after Hamas' terrorist assault in southern Israel on October 7th, Israeli stakeholders have expressed varying degrees of frustration with the Chinese response — or, more accurately, the lack of a balanced Chinese reaction. Even though Chinese ...

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 ...
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