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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.

Israel Denounces China’s Support of Palestinians’ Right to “Armed Struggle”, Calls Beijing’s ICJ Statement “Unfortunate”

The Israeli government issued its first official response to China's testimony at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week that said Palestinians have a legitimate right to "armed struggle" against "Israeli oppression." Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lior Haiat said the ...

China’s Defense of Palestinians’ Right to Armed Resistance Gets Muted Response in Israel, Welcomed by Both Hamas and Iran

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and its Iranian backers both welcomed a strongly-worded statement delivered late last week at the International Court of Justice that said Palestinians' use of force to "resist foreign oppression" is an "inalienable right." Beijing's top diplomat for ...

Wang Yi Lays Out Sweeping Foreign Policy Vision Where China Will be a “Force for Stability”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered critics who contend Beijing is freeloading off the international system in the Mideast and fueling instability in Asia, saying China will be a "force for stability" in the world. "No matter the changes in the ...

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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 ...

Two Scholars Try to Clear Up Some of the Confusion Over China’s Response to the Israel-Hamas War

In the days after Palestinian terrorists brutally attacked civilians in southern Israel last October, there were widespread expectations that China was going to play a prominent role in mediating a settlement among the warring parties. Beijing dispatched its Special Envoy ...

China and the Global South’s Merging Talking Points

Considering that we’re called “The China-Global South Project,” it’s probably not surprising that we’ve long predicted that the developing world is becoming more central to China’s global geopolitical agenda. Other analysts are coming around to this view. For example, the Asia ...

Israel’s Ambassador to China Seeks to Maintain Economic Ties Amid Strains Over Gaza War

Israel's ambassador to China, Irit Ben-Abba Vitale, acknowledged that her government and China have not been able to resolve their differences over the war in Gaza but said that she hopes the dispute will not derail economic ties. "We argue on ...

Israel Wants to Know How Chinese Weapons Found Their Way Into Hamas’ Arsenal

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) claims that the Islamic militant group Hamas has "massive" stockpiles of Chinese-made weapons that include assault rifles, rocket launchers and advance telecommunications gear. "This is top-grade weaponry and communications technology, stuff that Hamas didn't have before, with ...

China: U.S. is Hypocritical When It Claims to Care About the People in Gaza, Yet Vetos Ceasefire Resolutions at the UN

Chinese diplomats and Communist Party (CPC) media outlets blasted the United States for what it calls a double standard of claiming to be concerned about the welfare of Palestinians in Gaza while at the same time vetoing ceasefire resolutions at the United Nations.
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