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.