China Steps Into Fray Amid Middle-East Conflict

On Monday, Chinese officials will welcome Middle Eastern foreign ministers to Beijing for a major summit. China wants to use this summit to show that it is serious about influencing the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The country’s top diplomat entertained ministers from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority. He promised that his nation would work with the Islamic and Arab worlds to stop the conflict in Gaza as soon as possible.

The foreign diplomats’ travel to Beijing was praised by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who emphasized that it was a sign of the diplomats’ faith in China.

Before their meetings started, Wang made opening comments at a state guest house, saying that China is a close friend and brother of Arab and Islamic nations and China has always stood by the Islamic and Arab countries as they have pursued their rightful interests and defended the Palestinian people’s just cause.

About 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the first Hamas assault on October 7th, yet China has not condemned it. Many nations, including the US, have condemned it as a terrorist attack.

According to Prince Faisal’s announcement last weekend, the five foreign ministers want to visit many capitals to assist Gaza, put an end to the conflict, and work toward a cease-fire.

In the Middle East, Muslim leaders and their nations receive public backing from China. In contrast, a 2022 UN investigation said that the Chinese government’s imprisonment of Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang, a western area of China, constitutes grave human rights abuses.

The 48-page United Nations report voiced concern about the discriminatory and arbitrary detention of specific communities in Xinjiang. It claimed their fundamental rights had been violated this way, which may constitute a crime against humanity or another international crime.

The Saudi foreign minister called for an immediate end to hostilities and the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip during Monday’s discussions.

According to Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, harmful developments are still on the horizon, as well as a pressing humanitarian catastrophe that necessitates a global response.

Despite stressing the need for extra efforts and collaboration, Netanyahu expressed gratitude for the UN Security Council decision that demanded immediate and prolonged humanitarian pauses in Gaza.