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Gulf and Levantine Perspectives on the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

By Francesco Scala and Viola Rubeca On May 30, 2024, China welcomed representatives from across the Arab world to Beijing for the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF). Two documents were adopted: the “Beijing Declaration” and the Action Implementation ...

Hamas and Palestinian Rivals Fatah to Meet in Beijing: Officials

Senior officials from the rival Palestinian groups Hamas, which is at war with Israel, and Fatah have agreed to meet in Beijing this month in a renewed bid for reconciliation, officials said Monday. Fatah sources said the Hamas delegation will be ...

On Unearned Wins and the Future of the Liberal International Order

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week provided a lesson in how to get the maximum international gain by doing the bare minimum. In his speech at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, he said the Israel-Gaza war “should not continue indefinitely” and “justice should not be absent forever.” ...

Franco-Chinese Joint Statement Reflects Subtle, Yet Important Shifts in Beijing’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas War

France and China published a joint statement this week on "the situation in the Middle East" that contained a number of important policy shifts in Beijing's approach to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Since ...

China Confirms Palestinian Talks Happened, But Won’t Share Any Details

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that talks between the two largest Palestinian factions, Fatah that governs the West Bank and Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip, did take place in Beijing last week but refused to provide any details on what was discussed.

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

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 ...

China Hosts Palestinian Reconciliation Talks Between Hamas and Fatah

Negotiators from the rival Palestinian factions that govern the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are in Beijing for talks brokered by the Chinese government. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin confirmed at the regular press briefing on Friday that representatives from ...

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 ...

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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