Peace in the Middle East?

8 May

China’s President Xi Jinping and the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing (AFP Photo/Jason Lee)

As China continues to develop its foreign policy and international relations, its role in the political hotbed of the Middle East is growing in importance.

The leaders of Palestine and Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmud Abbas, have visited China simultaneously in recent weeks. Despite neither expressing a willingness to accept China’s offer of hosting a meeting, the concurrent trips reflect China’s attitude of peace towards hostilities in the Middle East.

This is a thought-provoking interview into the topic. Ilan Maor, Vice President of the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce, discusses China’s growing interest in international issues and the country’s ability to influence peace and stabilisation.

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One Response to “Peace in the Middle East?”

  1. jdh2g11 May 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    China’s role in the Middle East is of increasing importance. Especially considering the realignment of power within the Middle East (China increasingly influential and many feel this will soon be met by a decrease in relative US power). There is obviously an abundance of natural resources in the region, including oil adding to its strategic importance. In recent years China has had an increased involvement in the Middle East, from Chinese national oil companies and other business’s investing in the region, as well as helping provide infrastructure as part of the deals. Must of this has caused controversy, especially China’s involvement in countries the US considers to be rogue states (such as Iran).
    China is very supportive of peace in the middle east, and although China tends to operate a policy of ‘no interference’ and ‘no intervention’, China has shown no opposition to US military in the middle east as China feels this provides stability in a volatile region. These peace talks are a new development, and if they were to go ahead in China it would represent China’s increased soft power and influence not only in the Middle East but in the world. It would also be very interesting to see the US reaction to any discussion that may go ahead especially if it was to take place in China.

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