US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi JinpingImage Credit source: PTI
China wants to establish itself as a global leader in the Middle East by stopping the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. This is the reason why he is continuously advocating a ceasefire and calling for it from the countries of the world. On Monday, China’s top diplomat in Beijing once again appealed to the countries of the world to take immediate action. In a meeting with the delegation of Muslim countries in Beijing, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the international community will have to take strict measures to stop the tragedy of Gaza.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Palestinian National Authority and Indonesia have arrived on a two-day visit to Beijing along with the head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcomed him. Wang started the talks by calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Along with appealing to all the countries of the world, the Chinese Foreign Minister said that – ‘China stands firmly with justice and fairness in this conflict’.
Gaza needs help
‘Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said – ‘The message is clear, the war should stop immediately and relief material should be delivered to Gaza. He also said that all the countries included in the delegation have appealed to China and other countries for cooperation in this direction. Actually, Israel is continuously conducting ground operations in Gaza, these attacks were started after the attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7. Israel claims that Hamas has hidden about 200 hostages in Gaza.
China wants to play an important role in the ceasefire
Israel wants to play an active role in calming the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the reason being that China wants to expand its power as a global power. This is also important because on one hand America is trying to free the Israeli hostages through the mediation of Qatar. Since China has had differences with America, China wants to prove itself before America. That is why China is continuously calling for ceasefire. China is continuously criticizing the retaliatory action taken by Israel, but it is avoiding taking the name of Hamas.
Israel should not give collective punishment to the people of Gaza
Speaking to the delegation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Israel should stop imposing collective punishment on the people of Gaza. To prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis, a humanitarian corridor should be opened as soon as possible. China termed the action taken by Israel as a ‘barbaric attack’ and said that Israel is trying to save itself under the guise of rooting out terrorism. Even before this, China had sent a peace envoy to the United Nations including the Security Council for immediate ceasefire.
attempted diplomatic war on America
Last week the UN body passed its first resolution on the conflict, calling for the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas and the creation of a corridor to protect civilians. America and UK had kept themselves away from this voting. After this, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said that the permanent members of the Council are creating obstacles. This statement was considered an indirect attack on America. Saudi Arabia’s minister in Beijing praised the decision of the Security Council under the leadership of China. It is believed that China has got an opportunity to strengthen its relations with many countries of the Arab world. Apart from this, China also hopes that this war can also create a rift between America and its old allies. Wang told the delegation that China has always firmly safeguarded the legitimate rights and interests of Arab and Muslim countries.
China sent envoy to Middle East
Last month, China sent its special envoy Zhai Jun to the Middle East on a 10-day visit. Zhai had visited Egypt, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. According to China’s Foreign Ministry, last week Zhai visited Turkey and Bahrain and met officials. Apart from this, Zhai had discussed the regional situation with representatives of Singapore, America and Europe on the occasion of an international conference. However, China’s diplomacy has not yielded any results so far. The special thing is that during this tour, stop in Israel, Palestine and Iran was not included. However, Wang Yi spoke on phone with Israel Foreign Minister Eli Cohen last month.
There was also talk between Biden-Jinping
During the recent meeting between Biden and Jinping, there was discussion regarding Israel-Hamas. During this conversation that lasted for almost four hours, Biden asked Xi to talk to Iran to reduce broader regional tensions. According to a CNN report, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on this that he has had talks with Iran. In the conversation, Biden made it clear that he considers Hamas separate from the Palestinians. The US views Hamas as a terrorist organization that has perpetuated the suffering of the Palestinian people.