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Palestine: Saudi Arabia, China Discuss Latest Updates


The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the latest updates on the situation in Palestine and the exerted efforts in this regard.

The ministers affirmed that it is important to protect civilians and stop targeting them. They further urged the conflicting parties to adhere to International Humanitarian Law.

On a phone call with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal affirmed that the Security Council should shoulder its responsibility of protecting international peace and security by prompting an immediate cessation of  military operation and lifting off the siege on Gaza, as per the Saudi Press Agency.

He further stressed that the council should implement its Palestine-related resolutions, especially resolutions number 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1515 (2003) and 2334 (2016) to establish a comprehensive, peaceful and sustainable solution that achieves the Palestinians’ aspirations.

China’s Support to Palestine


China has always backed Palestine and the Palestinian People, as it was among the first countries that recognized the State of Palestine.

China’s initial statement following Hamas attack on Israel did not mention any condemnation of Hamas, as it urged conflicting parties to “exercise restraint and immediately end hostilities to protect civilians and avoid further deterioration of the situation”, provoking backlash from the US and Israel.

Only after a meeting with US Senate Majority Leader Chuck, the Chinese President updated the statement, adding a firmer tone condemning “all violence and attack on civilians”, yet not naming Hamas directly.

A strategic partnership deal struck in June during the Palestinian Authority President’s visit to China is also among the initiatives that bring the two countries closer.

History of Tripartite Relations : China, Palestine, Israel


In the 1960s and 1970s, Beijing’s support was in the form of arming and training the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as well as other Palestinian militant groups.

Starting from the 1980s, less radical China started to slightly build relations with Israel until they established diplomatic relations in 1992.

Given these diplomatic relations, China started to call for the two-state solution, all while strengthening its ties with Israel in fields of technology and economy.

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