05/17/2021, 10.29
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Beijing offers to mediate in Israel-Palestine dialogue

by Wang Zhicheng

The proposal comes from Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Since May, China has headed the UN Security Council. An attempt to undermine the privileged relationship of the USA with Israel and Palestine. In recent years, Beijing has bought suicide drones from Israel and sold Weishi-2 rockets to Palestinians.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has invited Israeli and Palestinian representatives to China to resume "direct dialogue" facilitated by negotiators, putting an end to the escalation of violence in recent days.

Wang Yi also called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the blockade and siege of Gaza. Wang re-proposed UN directives to reach a two-state solution, with the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Wang Yi's proposal came yesterday, during a virtual emergency meeting of the UN Security Council (see photo). It is motivated above all by the fact that since the beginning of May - by rotation - China is at the head of the Security Council. Yet it is also seen as an attempt to undermine the United States as a privileged interlocutor in the Israel-Palestine relationship.

Wang criticized the US for "obstructing" the decisions of the Council to condemn Israel's recent violence and raids, along with rockets fired from Gaza.

It is not the first time that China has offered itself as a mediator. Last March Wang visited Israelis and Palestinians, proposing the resumption of dialogue. Also in 2014, during the so-called "Gaza war", which the Israelis called "Operation Protective Edge", Beijing pushed for a ceasefire and for the resumption of dialogue, but did not offer itself as a mediator.

In all these years, Beijing has built relationships with the Arab countries of the region and with Iran and has also become a customer of Israel, having bought an unknown number of suicide drones for millions of dollars, which are used to gather information and as a weapon of attack.

In the past, China has also sold weapons to Palestinians and trained its militants. An AsiaNews source states: "At least part of the missiles launched from Gaza, of the Weishi-2 type, are of ancient Chinese manufacture".

 

Photo credit: Xinhua

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